KOKRAJHAR, Aug 8 � Under the aegis of the Kokrajhar district administration, a peace meeting was held at the DC�s conference hall on August 6 with Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner, Jayant Narlikar in the chair.
Representatives of almost all the parties including Congress, BPF, BPPF, BJP, CPI, All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU), All Bodoland Minority Students� Union (ABMSU), All Bodo Womens� Welfare Federation (ABWWF) etc., and other social and literary organisations including senior citizens of the district attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior police officials including the SP of Kokrajhar.
The DC appealed to all parties and organizations to help the district administration in restoration of peace and tranquility among all sections of the society. He said the district administration was neither forcing the relief camp inmates to return to their respective villages nor giving a deadline as alleged in different quarters. He also said adequate security would be given to the people for their safety and security.
The DC called upon the leaders of ABSU and ABMSU to sit together and bring a peace rally in Kokrajhar to restore peace and harmony among all sections of the society and to bring confidence among the panic -stricken people to desist from rumour and help in building peace and coexistence. He also asked the Village Council Development Committee (VCDC) and Village Defence Party (VDP) to hold meetings at respective local level on the current situation and to cooperate in bringing down the violence.
The SP Sunil Kumar said security forces have been deployed in 53 fixed pickets in the sensitive areas and remaining 10 fixed pickets would be set up shortly. He also said each fixed picket will comprise 20-30 security personnel. He also said the district administration has decided to shift the relief camps from schools and colleges in consultation with the State government so that normal classes in educational institutions could be held. A minute�s silence was also observed for eternal peace of those who lost their lives in the violence.
The meeting arrived at a decision to conduct proper survey on the relief camp inmates to check the doubtful nationalities if any before they are rehabilitated in their respective villages.
Meanwhile, several Bodo organisations including BSS, ABSU, ABWWF, ABEF among others have planned to hold demonstration at New Delhi soon to consolidate their demands for a lasting peace in BTAD area in the wake of the prevailing situation.
The leaders of these organisations have unequivocally decided to convince the Government on the issue of resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced people with adequate security in respective villages of Kokrajhar and adjoining districts in BTAD in this regard they have also decided to urge the Government on the genuine verification of nationalities before the camp inmates are rehabilitated. At the same time they said that the existing laws and protecting tribal belt and blocks in the area must be ensured.
They have unanimously decided to demonstrate and meet the Governor of Assam by August 15 next for a permanent solution to this crisis by the State Government. But they would be compelled to demonstrate before the Government of India by August 25 next at New Delhi if the matter is not given proper attention, they said.