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Stir over BTC Accord review

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 2 - Members of the Sanmilita Janagosthiya Aikyamancha, Assam, today staged a dharna in front of the Raj Bhawan here in support of their demands for a review of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Accord and exclusion of non-Bodo villages from the Bodoland Territorial Administrative District (BTAD) areas.

The Aikyamancha members also demanded holding of panchayat elections in the BTAD areas, a white paper on the overall situation resulting from the Bodoland demand movement, Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to Koch-Rajbongshis and Adivasis and unconditional rehabilitation of all persons displaced by riots in the BTAD areas.

They also demanded adequate compensation for the victims of the ethnic clashes in the BTAD areas since 1989 as per international guidelines. Besides, they called for steps to make public the report of the Justice MBK Singh Commission of Enquiry on the 2012 ethnic conflict in the BTAD areas. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the Governor enlisting their demands.

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