Guwahati : Losing patience over the central government’s dilly-dillaying attitude towards granting “Kamatapur State” and tribal status to the Koch Rajbongshi community, the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) along with its sister groups hereby have declared a 12 hour Assam bandh on January 8 protesting against the Centre’s attitude.
12 hour Assam bandh
Arun Ray and Gokul Barman, president and general secretary of the students’ body respectively said that despite repeated pleas and a series of agitational programmes, Centre has failed to solve their demands. “We have no option but to go for an agitation,” the leaders said.
The students’ body and its wings – Chilarai Sena and All Koch Rajbongshi Mahila Samiti – will burn the effigies of Prime Minister, Home Minister and Chief Minister in all the district headquarters tomorrow protesting the same, the leaders said.
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AKRSU declares 12 hour Assam Bandh
The union also alleged that they will stage a massive protest if these protests fail to provide any positive response from the Union Government. They also alleged that Kamatapur State is a long-pending demand and the Centre should take the matter seriously.
While the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Sanmilan staged a massive protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Thursday after the Union Cabinet did not take any decision on granting Scheduled Tribe status to the six communities.
The protesters staged a sit-in demanding their prolonged ST status.
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The six communities such as Moran, Motok, Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Sutia and Adivasi or tea tribe have for long been demanding ST status.