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Bodo students, local NGO take out rally against 2014 carge

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From our Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, Dec 23: Bodoland Students’ Union (BSU), Kokrajhar district committee on Wednesday took out massive rally against the tiol Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB, anti-talk faction) for the massacre of over 66 Adivasi people on the eve of Christmas on December 23 last year in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur which left over a lakh homeless in the backlash.

Hundred members of the Bodoland Students’ Union (BSU) taking placards joined the rally and shouted slogans for peace, unity and harmony in the BTC. The rally started from Deborgaon playground and covered 80 km in the district. Pranjal Choudhury, Additiol Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar formally flagged off the rally.

Talking to media persons, the secretary of the BSU, Banjil Manjil Basumatary said that the NDFB anti-talk faction killed over 70 Adivasi people on the eve of Christmas on December 23 last year which is widely condemble. He said that without peace and unity the development of the region was impossible. Pramila Rani Brahma, MLA strongly condemned the inhumane act of the NDFB-S.

The association of Lower Assam NGO also took out mass rally at Kokrajhar town against the carge of last year. The common masses of the locality demanded punishment to the mastermind of the massacre. The protestors said the security personnel were yet to b the main culprit G Bidai of the NDFB who was still at large.

Meanwhile, the Lower Assam NGO Forum which is a conglomeration of different civil society organizations working in the Lower Assam districts, came together to organize a peace and unity rally on Wednesday. On December 23 last year innocent villagers of different interior villages in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts were attacked with sophisticated weapons indiscrimitely, leaving 64 innocent people dead, including children and women. This incident had briefly sparked off and ethnic tension leaving tens and thousands homeless forcing them to live in relief camps across many districts.

On completion of one year of the brutal and deadly attack, hundreds of Lower Assam NGO Forum members took out a large rally to protest against the brutal attack and following incidents of violence. The rally was joined by hundreds of All Bodo Students’ Union and All Adivasi Students’ Association activists.

The peace and unity rally was flagged off by Lawrence Islary, general secretary of the ABSU. While flagging off the rally, Isalary said, “We stand in solidarity with the victims and also with all the peace-loving people. We condemn last year’s incidents of killing of innocent people and appeal to the groups involved in such incidents to shun the path of violence. If anyone has grievances they should try to seek redressal through peaceful and democratic means.” He added, “The attack on poor and innocent people only proves the frustration and cowardice of the crimils involved in such incidents.” Salim Minz, general secretary of the Kokrajhar district AASSA also took part in the rally and said, “We pray for the eterl peace of the departed souls of the unfortute victims of last year’s violent attack. The culprits are still to be identified and brought to book. We demand justice from the government.”

While taking part in the rally, Raju Kr rzary, Executive Director, NERSWN said, “If some groups and individuals are in false notion of achieving their goals by killing innocent people and by disturbing the age-old socio-cultural ties amongst the ethnic communities, they will

achieve nothing but failure. We will continue to struggle to bring peace in our region.”

Md. Kusbum Alom Ahmed who participated in the rally with members of his Eco-System Preservation Trust, said, “Irrespective of the ethnic communities, we stand in solidarity with each other for peace and prosperity. This mammoth rally sends out a strong message to the people who indulge in acts of violence to shun the path of violence and join hands in bringing permanent peace in the region.”

The rally which was begun from Rajmela ground passed through the flyover, Santigar path via DC office and came back to the same ground. The Lower Assam NGO also took out candle light vigil in four different places in the two districts of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Kachugaon, Karigaon, Saralpara and Deosri.

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