GUWAHATI, July 26 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and its ally ethnic organisations in a joint meeting here today expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts of the Bodoland Territorial Council Administrative District (BTAD) area.
They held the Chief Minister and the State Government responsible for the developments in these districts, condemned their failure and inefficiencies and demanded urgent steps to ensure security to the life and property of the common people in these districts. The interest of the indigenous peoples should be safeguarded, they demanded and alleged that non-implementation of the Assam Accord has affected the interest of the indigenous peoples.
Briefing media persons of the decisions of the 27 organisations, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya, Mising Mimak Kebang (MMK) president Ranoj Pegu and All Assam Tai Ahom Students� Union president Pranjal Rajkonwar also made an appeal to all sections of the people to maintain restraint and work for restoration of normalcy in the trouble-torn areas.
A joint goodwill mission of these organisations will set out to the troubled areas on July 28, they said and called for immediate steps to deploy para-military forces and Army in these areas to contain the situation.
They dismissed the assertions made by certain quarters that the present clashes in BTAD areas were communal in nature and there is an ethnic cleansing aspect connected with it as propaganda of the vested interest circles. Time has now come to discard the expressions like Bodo versus non-Bodos, Hindu versus Muslims for the greater interest of the State. Moreover, since peace the prerogative at this hour, all sections of the people should refrain from using any word that may provoke any body, they said.