Non-Bodo organizations call 12-hour bandh in Assam post signing of Bodo Peace Accord

Non-Bodo organizations call 12-hour bandh in Assam post signing of Bodo Peace Accord

GUWAHATI: Non-Bodo organizations like All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union, All Bodo Minority Students Union, All Adivasi Students Union, Kalita Janagosthi Students Union, and many others have called for 12-hour bandh in Assam post-signing of the historic Bodo peace Accord on Monday.

Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Kokrajhar which fear greater intervention of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) within their region remained on the edge. According to reports effigies were burnt, roads were blocked and shops remained shut.

Celebrations broke out in Bodo dominated regions where the accord was welcomed.

The agreement signed between the Centre, the Assam government and Bodo stakeholders (NDFB and its factions) saw the announcement of various measures to ensure the territorial and cultural integrity of the region. Several institutes will be set up to bring growth and development to the region.

The agreement fully reaffirms the territorial integrity of Assam, said Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

A committee set up by state government will look at the inclusion of new villages that has a substantial population of tribal people within Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD). The ones with no substantial Bodo tribal population will be excluded, Sarma said.

According to the agreement, BTAD will be renamed Bodoland Territorial Region

More legislative, executive, administrative, financial powers will be given to the authorities within the region from now on.

A Central university in the name of Upendranth Brahma will be established within Bodoland area. National Sports University; Institute of Livelihood management, Regional medical institute; tribal university, rural development centre, veterinary college, music and fine art college and many more centres will be set up in the region to ensure progress.

“The #Bodo Peace Accord has full support of Assam government led by HCM @sarbanandsonwal & Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Chief Sri Hagrama Mohilary, making it full and final solution to the over decades old Bodo issue. Thank all those who made this historic Accord possible,” Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier tweeted.

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