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Rally against proposed AR camp, Sonapur circle office gheraoed

By Correspondent

JORABAT, March 27 - Six Amri Karbi tribal organisations today took out a procession against the government�s move to set up an Assam Rifles (AR) camp at Sonapur.

Thousands of people representing the tribal communities along with the residents of Dimoria participated in the protest rally, which started from the Sonapur Mini Stadium. The processionists passed through some major spots of Sonapur and culminated at the revenue circle office.

Aggrieved by the absence of the Sonapur Circle Officer Jenifer Yasmin Choudhury, the protesters who had wanted to submit a memorandum to her, gheraoed the circle office for hours and later launched a sit-in protest outside the office till the Circle Officer reached the spot and personally accepted the memorandum.

The protesters submitted a memorandum demanding a halt to the move to set up the Assam Rifles camp at Domorapathar in Sonapur area, cancellation of the plan for extension of Guwahati city upto 10 kilometres, constitutional safeguards to the tribal belts and blocks of Dimoria, Beltola and Rani, ST (H) status to the Amri Karbi community on the basis of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India and setting up of an autonomous council for the Amri Karbis.

The protesters also threatened to intensify their agitation if the government fails to give them a positive reply in favour of the indigenous people by cancelling the move to set up the AR camp at Sonapur, within March 31.

The six tribal organisations that led today�s procession included - the Amri Karbi Students� Union, Amri Karbi National Council, Amri Karbi Arloso Asem, Amri Karbi Bangthe Asem, Amri Karbi Tsornam Ahartsi Asem and Amri Karbi Ruktsak Asem.

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