UDALGURI, April 13 - Along with other parts of the BTC region, hundreds of activists of All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-Progressive) and Peoples� Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement today observed a daylong �Betrayal Day� in the heart of Udalguri town and expressed their anguish over apathy towards their demands for separate Boroland and facilities to the Bodos living outside the proposed Boroland area.
The programme began with mass tonsuring, symbolizing anguish over the passive attitude of the Union government towards the commitment to hold the next parley tomorrow.
The protest was addressed by ABSU general secretary L Islari and NDFB(P) general secretary Gobinda Basumatary, among many others.
The speakers called for a democratic movement, starting with a 24-hour Bodoland bandh on April 25, followed by a 168-hour highway blockade to pressurize the government to hold parleys to resolve the long pending demands of the Bodo people along the northern bank of Brahmaputra.
The activists also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner with an appeal to act positively to resolve the issues amicably.
Our Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: The ABSU, NDFB(P) and the Peoples� Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement today observed �betrayal day� for not inviting them to talks on the Bodoland state demand before April 14 as has been earlier assured.
The betrayal day was observed at various places of the district, including at the Office of Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner, with posters and banners and slogans shouting. Over 6,000 activists tonsured themselves to express their anguish.
Talking to media-persons, ABSU president Promod Boro said that the movement groups have been compelled to observe betrayal day today and launch a series of agitation for a separate Bodoland State. He added that the movement groups are determined to continue the mass movement until and unless the Centre concedes to their demand.
Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: Feeling betrayed as the government did not to keep its promise of holding tripartite talks on Bodoland issue by April 14, Bodo groups today observed �betrayal day� in Chirang district.
Bodo organisations observed the day with a two-hour demonstration in front of Deputy Commissioner�s Office.
Many activists tonsured their heads during the demonstration to express their anguish.