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Petition seeks high court intervention


GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - Rajkumar Prithviraj Narayan Dev Mech and Thulunga Basumatary, the two youths who were instrumental behind the recent peace talks between all the factions of NDFB and the Union government, have filed a writ petition at the Gauhati High Court seeking intervention to expedite the implementation of the third Bodo Peace Accord or Memorandum of Settlement, 2020.

The petition mainly seeks immediate implementation of the para 3.1, para 9.3, para 9.4 of the accord.

As per the para 3.1, a commission will be appointed under paragraph 14 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution soon after signing of the accord. The commission will make recommendation regarding inclusion of villages contiguous to the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) and having majority of tribal population.

The para 9.3 says that a committee headed by the IGP (Special Branch), Assam with representatives from other departments as members will make an assessment of rehabilitation needs of the NDFB members based on age profile, educational qualification, general area of residence, etc., while the committee may also involve successful entrepreneurs or NGOs too. The committee has already been formed but the assessment is yet to be carried out.

The para 9.4 mentions that criminal cases registered against members of NDFB factions for non-heinous crimes shall be withdrawn by the Government of Assam as per procedures established by law and the criminal cases registered in connection with heinous crimes shall be reviewed case by case according to the existing policy on the subject.

Significantly, before filing the writ petition, both the petitioners had apprised Union Home minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of non-implementation of the third Bodo Peace Accord.

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