Adivasis resuming agitation for ST status
The Adivasi groups are all set for a fresh agitation demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. The action is starting with a seven-hour rail blockade on December 19 when Parliament will be holding its winter session.
The decision to launch the massive agitation was finalized at a recent Adivasi National Convention where the angry leaders decided to step up protests against the BJP led NDA government at the Centre since before election the party promised it.
The convention is an umbrella body of 17 Adivasi organisations, including five militant groups in ceasefire.
Adivasi leader Birsing Munda told Assam Times on Saturday that its members would block tracks in Kokrajhar, Mazbat in Darrang, Rangapara in Biswanath and Bokajan in Golaghat districts from 6am to 1pm as part of their agitation.
“Now we have decided to mobilise our members to step up protest politically ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. We demand that the Centre clear the process to accord ST status to the Adivasis during the winter session of Parliament, failing which we will continue to fight against the BJP," Munda said.
He is a former "commander-in-chief" of the Birsa Commando Force, one of the five militant groups that laid down arms following an appeal from the Centre in 2012.
They demanded that the number of designated camps for members of the militant groups be increased from five which are not sufficient for more than 1,200 cadres. The organisations also demanded an increase in their monthly stipend of Rs 3,000.
The convention will also organise a daylong protest at Joypur in Kokrajhar district on December 23, demanding justice to the families of 80 Adivasi villagers who were gunned down by suspected NDFB (Songbijit) militants on December 23, 2014. They will also organise a rally here on February 15 on the same demands.
10 Aug 2015 - 3:22pm | AT News
Amid an escalating tension security forces are fanning in in Dhansiri along the Assam-Nagaland border in search of the two local school boys who went missing on Friday.
Identified as Saddam Hussain and Adi Ali, the school boys are believed to have been kidnapped by the Naga miscreants on the way to their school.
Local residents alleged that even after the complaint, SSB jawans have done precious little to rescue the duo.
18 Aug 2015 - 9:23am | AT News
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is preparing to recommend CBI probe into the Louis Berger scam where a Canada-based firm alleged to have bribed some ministers and GMDA officers for a multi crore water supply project in 2001.
Talking to Assam Times, CMO officials confirmed criminal conspiracy in preliminary report of enquiry by additional chief secretary SC Das.
Acting on this preliminary administrative report, the chief minister ordered CID probe. But stunned by the criticism from the Opposition parties along with many organizations, Gogoi is expected to recommend CBI probe into the multi crore scam.
30 Jul 2016 - 6:43pm | Ranjan K Baruah
All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has observed 20th anti terrorism day on 30th July at Jwhwlao Swambla Fwthar in Goibari near Basugaon in Chirang district. The programme started with flag hoisting and floral tributes paid to Late Swambla Basumataray, former president of ABSU who was killed by terrorists on 30th July, 1996. Pigeon was released as a mark of peace and a memorial lecture was held on the occasion which was chaired by Pramod Boro. Pramod Boro, President of ABSU said that “terrorism is an inhuman act by human being, stop it to protect humanity around the world”. “India is land of Mahatma Gandhi and it is for non violence, terrorism or any sort of violence is to be condemned in the country”. “ABSU has been believing and practising non violence since inception and we condemn all sort of terrorism as it’s against humanity , he added. He urged the government that there must be a space for dialogues and negotiations to stop armed conflicts in the region as counter insurgency and operations or killings shall not bring sustainable solutions . “There are different forms of terrorism and it must be looked critically to bring solutions as it has spread around the world in different ways , people must be educated to combat terrorism”, said U G Brahma , former MP of Rajya Sabha. Replying to the media persons when asked whether she got justice or not, Mrs Bhanumati Basumatary wife of Late Swmbla Basumatary said that she is not asking for justice but she wants sustainable peace in the society with solution to present movement of ABSU. There was a signature campaign to raise peoples voice against terrorism which signed by different individuals and representatives of various organizations.