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AKRSU leader for legal battle

By Correspondent

BONGAIGAON, Aug 27 - The AKRSU-led by Biswajit Ray has decided to jump into a legal battle against the notice, which was issued to him by a tribal group recently, charging that the Ray�s community women has posed threat on the �heritage� and �culture� of the Bodo tribe as they have started wearing �Dokhona� (Bodo women�s traditional robe) instead of �Patani� (Koch-Rajbongshi women�s attire).

The Advocate of Kokrajhar Court, Karuna Kanta Basumatary, had issued a notice to Biswajit Ray, president of AKRSU, on behalf of the Janajati Suraksha Mancha, a Kokrajhar-based tribal organisation, on July 30. Ray got the notice on August 14.

It was mentioned in the notice that using of Dokhona by Koch-Rajbongshi women in their cultural celebrations has posed threat on the �heritage� and �culture� of the Bodo tribe. Hence, a response from Ray has been asked by the notice within 15 days of receiving it.

Meanwhile, Ray has rejected the allegation and said that his community women always wear �Patani� and not �Dokhona� in their meeting and celebrations. So, this notice of baseless charge on his community women is an insult to the whole Koch-Rajbongshi community, Ray added.

Ray also brought many charges against some Bodo intellectuals and political leaders of distorting the historical facts of Koch-Rajbongshi community. He showed a book in which kings of his community were depicted as Bodo kings.

Ray said that Bodos have no history of their own, so to back the Bodoland demand, they are distorting the Koch-Rajbongshi history.

Regarding the notice, he said, �We would definitely forward our legal reply to the notice after having a meeting with our community people.�

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