GUWAHATI, Aug 12 – Members of the Aboro Surakshya Samiti (ASS) today staged sit-in demonstrations at the sub-divisional and district headquarters of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) areas voicing their opposition to the demand for creation of a separate Bodoland state.
According to Samiti advisor Hareswar Barman, the members of the organisation also took out processions at places like Goreswar, Orang and at some places of Chirang district. After the dharna and processions, they submitted memorandums to the authorities in support of their demands.
The Samiti members also demanded Scheduled Tribe status to the Koch-Rajbongshis and the Adivasis living in Assam, Barman said.
The Samiti will resort to a rail and road blockade programme in the current month in support of its demands and will hold a mass rally in Guwahati next month on the same demands.
The Samiti claims allegiance of the entire non-Bodo population of the BTAD areas to it. According to it, non-Bodos constitute around 75 per cent of the BTAD population. The BTAD has four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.