KOKRAJHAR: The All Party Hills Leaders' Conference (APHLC) and the All Assam Tribal Students' Union (AATSU) on Thursday demanded general amnesty to Ranjan Daimary, founder president of the erstwhile NDFB, and other jailed leaders and cadres. Both the organizations also extended their support for the creation of separate state of Bodoland under the 6th schedule of the Constitution of India.
The president of APHLC, JI Kather (retired IAS officer) said that the tribes of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao support the demand of the Bodo/ Boro people of Assam for creation of a separate state of Bodo/Boroland with the sixth schedule under article 3 of the Constitution of India. He said Ranjan Daimary, founder president of the erstwhile NDFB, and his party have been demanding for creation of a separate Bodo/Boroland state. He also said the APHLC would join the demand for release of Ranjan Daimary and his followers who are in prison, to enable them to work non-violently for creation of a separate Bodo/Boroland which is their constitutional right.
Meanwhile, the president of AATSU, Hareswar Brahma and general secretary Deba Kr. Pegu expressed deep pain over the judgment of lifetime imprisonment by the Gauhati High Court on former chairman of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Ranjan Daimary and other colleagues.
In a statement, Brahma and Pegu said, "As we all know that the Bodo peace accord in 2020 was signed between the Government of India, Government of Assam, the NDFB, ABSU and UBPO under the guidance of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Home Minister of India."
This Accord was then met with almost sincerity by the Boro people with high hopes of lasting peace in the Bodo heartland but the denial of bail to Ranjan Daimary, founder president of the NDFB and prime signatory of the Bodo Peace Accord, has left a bad taste in the minds of the Bodo people, they said, adding that this significant action by the Government of India had "sown the seeds of doubts and negativity about the Bodo peace accord in the minds of the Bodo nation". They also said the continued imprisonment of leaders and cadres of the erstwhile NDFB has the potential to negate all the positive effects of the Bodo peace accord of 2020 and sow the seeds of disillusionment of it in the minds of the Bodo people as well as lead to the destruction of hard-won peace throughout BTR and Assam.
The AATSU demanded immediate and unconditional release of Ranjan Daimary, immediate release of all leaders and cadres of the erstwhile NDFB who are still imprisoned in jails throughout Assam, immediate release of all cadres of the erstwhile NDFB imprisoned in neighboring Bhutan and withdrawal of cases against ex-NDFB members, heinous or non-heinous. The AATSU demanded that the general amnesty should be granted to all leaders and cadres of the erstwhile NDFB immediately.