DIPHU, Aug 4 � The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council (DHAC) have decided to press jointly their demands for an autonomous State to the Central Government.
A joint delegation of both the autonomous councils which includes the members, executive members, chief executive members (CEMs) including MLAs�, Parliamentary Secretaries, MP and Minister will jointly leave for Delhi on August 5, Joyram Engleng, CEM, KAAC said on Saturday.
Engleng reiterated that they fully support the autonomous �State within State� under Article 244 (A) of the Indian Constitution. He said, �the joint delegation team of both the hill autonomous councils will place the autonomous State demands before the Central Government and would pressurise them in support of an autonomous State for the two hill districts�. Meanwhile, Engleng urged all the public representatives of both the councils to be united for the demand of a separate State.
On the other hand, a new committee in support of the demand for a separate State has been formed under the banner of the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS) by several student and civil organisations comprising Karbi Students� Association (KSA), Youth Congress, All India Karbi National Association (AIKNA), National Students� Union of India (NSUI), Karbi Students� Youth Council (KSYC), Karbi Ricso Adarbar (KRA), Karbi Unemployed Youth Association (KUYA), KFA and AKYU etc.
Stand on Article 244 (A): In a joint press statement, the Karbi Students� Association, All India Students� Association, All India Karbi National Association, Karbi Unemployed Youth Association, All Karbi Youth Union, All Karbi Youth Council and National Students� Union of India have appealed to all the people of Karbi Anglong to stand united and fight for the implementation of Article 244 (A) of the Indian Constitution immediately.
These bodies asked all political parties in Karbi Anglong to clear their stand on the issue before the public within a stipulated time. They condemned the attack on Congress offices. The organisations also opposed the 100-hour Karbi Anglong bandh called by the HSDP from August 5. Student and civil bodies have also appealed to the HSDP to withdraw the bandh call.
The organisations demanded compensation to the family of Rajiv Singnar who was killed in the police firing at Diphu during a protest rally organised in demand of a separate State on July 31. The joint press release demanded immediate halt to police atrocities on the innocent people of Karbi Anglong.
The release, signed by the presidents and secretaries of these organisations, also urged the media to play an impartial role.