KOKRAJHAR: The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) on Sunday remembered the first Bodoland movement martyr Sujit Narzary on the occasion of the 35th Bodoland Movement Martyrs' Day. The day was centrally observed at SB Bodo Foraishali, Sanjari Nwgwr in Dhemaji district while Kokrajhar district ABSU, in association with South Kokrajhar anchalik committee ABSU, observed the day at the martyr's tomb of Sujit Narzary at Bhatipara in Kokrajhar.
As part of programme, the president of ABSU, Dipen Boro hoisted the organizational flag followed by homage to martyrs by ABSU advisor Khungkra Sargiary.
A seminar on Bodo nationalism and contribution of Bodoland movement martyrs was held where keynote address was given by general secretary of Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Prasanta Boro. The programme was also addressed by the CEM of Boro Kachari Welfare Autonomous Council (BKWAC), Mihiniswar Basumatary, chairman of Mising Autonomous Council and the president of TMPK.
Talking to reporters, the president of ABSU, Dipen Boro said, "Sujit Narzary of Kokrajhar became the first martyr of the Bodoland movement. More than 5,000 Bodos laid their lives for the Bodoland movement launched by ABSU, BLT and NDFB." The 3rd Bodo accord was signed on January 27, 2020 to bring more development and peace in the region, he said, adding that two years had elapsed after the accord but some of the clauses were yet to be implemented. He said the four factions of NDFB were the stakeholders of the BTR accord but despite being signatory, the founder of the NDFB, Ranjan Daimary and some of his top aides were still in jail. Terming Daimary's being lodged in jail as unfortunate, Boro said the ABSU was in touch with the government for their release and withdrawing cases against them. He hoped that the government would take sincere efforts to free the NDFB leaders as part of the clauses of the BTR accord.
Boro said many clauses had been implemented so far and the ABSU was keeping an eye on the remaining clauses to be implemented in letter and spirit. He said the rehabilitation of NDFB cadres and withdrawal of cases was one of major clauses of the BTR accord and accordingly, over 4,000 cadres have been given rehabilitation package and the package for the remaining cadres was being processed. He hoped that all the causes of the accord would be fully implemented by 2024, including extension of villages of Sonitpur and Biswanath districts and full functioning of BKWAC as early as possible with release adequate fund for development.