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Gogoi, Pillai appeal to abjure violence
 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 10 – On the occasion of the 8th Bodoland Day, at Bodofa Nwagar (Kadamtola) in Kokrajhar today, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said, “We need to put our heads together to bring down violence and improve the law-and-order situation in this area.”

Talking to media just after a public meeting in connection with the celebration of 8th Bodoland Day, Pillai said that the BTC is functioning well and that at the moment there is nothing much to consider as far as “Statehood’ is concerned. He further added that the Home Ministry would consider enhancement of force in the area as proposed by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary.

Addressing the mammoth gathering as the chief guest, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the development of Bodoland in the span of only seven years was very healthy. As peace and development in Assam is entwined with that of Bodoland, Gogoi called for end of violence for further development of the area. “Development in BTAD was at a much faster rate than any other part of the State under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary,” he added.

The NDFB and the other armed outfits should follow the ideals of BLT and come forward for talks, Gogoi said pointing out that the government would not bow down to the threat of bullet and blood.

Talking to mediapersons, Gogoi said that the understanding with BPPF regarding sent sharing for the BTC poll in April will continue and that the alliance will also continue for the Assembly election next year.

He also revealed that doors are open for talks with the NDFB if the outfit is willing and added that KNLF is headed for peace talks as they are laying down arms for sustainable peace.

Speaking on the occasion, BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary appealed the government to consider ST status to Bodos in Karbi Anglong district and withdrawal of all pending cases against former BLT cadres, besides providing additional funds for the development of Bodoland. He also reiterated additional security forces for a free-and-fair election in BTC and for containing violence in the area. Mohilary said that he once took up arms but he soon realised that guns cannot provide solution to any problem. Solution to any problem can be possible only through peaceful talks and negotiation, he said and appealed to all armed outfits of NE region to shun the path of violence.

Earlier Mohilary unfurled the National Tricolour and unveiled the statue of Bodofa at Bodofa Nwagar.

Today’s public meeting was attended by Transport Minister Chandan Brahma, Agriculture Minister Promila Rani Brahma, PWD Minister Rihon Daimary, MPs SK Bwiswimuthiary, Biswajit Daimary, amongst others. Mrinal Hazarika, pro-talk ULFA leader, Durga Hasda, chairman of Birsa Commando Force, DHD leader Dilip Nunisa, Roshan Giri, general secretary of Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha from Darjeeling also attended the programme as special invitees.

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