Eviction from BTR

BONGAIGAON, Jan 30: The All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) has appealed to its community not to believe in any rumour on eviction of non-tribal people either from the Bodo belts and blocks or the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) as circulated in some media.

Addressing a press conference at the Greater Bongaigaon Press Club here today, ABMSU general secretary Abu Jubyer Mandal said the previous BTC government led by Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) president Hagrama Mahilary did not review the land rights of the non-tribal people residing in the council area and, as a result, the issue of eviction of non-tribal residents has been raised again by a section of people with vested interests.

“We have already discussed the matter with BTC chief Pramod Boro and he had assured us that no non-tribal people, including the religious minorities, will be evicted from the BTR and so, there should not be any fear psychosis among the minority people of BTR,” Mandal said.

Mandal also appealed to Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure justice to the family of late Lafiqul Islam, the slain leader of the student group, by bringing his killers to book as per his promise made during the campaign for recently-concluded BTC polls.

The student group’s president Mohidul Islam said as per his organisation’s demand, BTC chief Pramod Boro has taken a step to set up a Peace Research Centre in Boroland University at Kokrajhar in memory of Lafiqul Islam. The student group had offered gratitude to Boro for his support in this regard.

The leaders also demanded that compensation be given by the BTC administration to all the victims of Bodoland agitation, irrespective of caste and community for their rehabilitation.