BONGAIGAON, Nov 24 - Till the last drop of blood in our veins, Adivasis will never forget the Beltola incident and our demand for justice would continue, echoed the leaders of Adivasi groups today at a mass gathering organised in connection with observance of the 10th Adivasi Rights Day at Sundari in Chirang district.
A youth had lost his life, a woman was stripped naked and subsequently roughed up, while many people of the community became physically impaired after a group of miscreants attacked them in Beltola area of Guwahati in 2007 when they were going to participate in a rally at the State capital, the leaders recalled.
But even after passing of 10 years, neither a single miscreant nor official from the Home Department have been punished for the incident.
Hence the community recalls this black day (November 24) as Adivasi Rights Day every year, the student leaders mentioned.
This biased attitude of the Government has forced the community to think that the Constitution of the country lacks the provision to protect rights of the marginalised communities like Adivasis, the leaders rued.
Earlier, Adivasis had helped the Congress party to capture power, and later they did the same to the BJP, for which the community is being blackmailed now, Adivasi leader Peter Hasda justified.
We are proud to claim ourselves as Assamese. Our children too attend school in about 4,000 vernacular-medium institutions in about 1,000 registered TEs of the State”, said Birsing Munda, General Secretary of Adivasi National Convention Committee.
Munda also warned that if the Government fails to grant ST status to the Adivasis by 2018, then they will oppose the BJP during the 2019 LS polls.
Seeking land rights, ST status and justice to the victims of the Beltola incident, a rally will be organised with renewed vigour in Guwahati next year in the presence of one lakh Adivasis, Munda added. Adivasis have no apprehension on the NRC update process as they are indigenous to the State, AASAA president Pradip Nag said.