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Non-Bodo groups threaten stir
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 25 – Sanmilita Janagosthiya Sangram Samiti (SJSS), an umbrella organisation of several non-Bodo organisations of the Bodoland Territorial Administrative Districts (BTAD) areas, today warned of intense agitational programmes in case the Central Government accepts the demand for a separate Bodoland or agrees to grant more powers to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in its discussion with the Bodo groups slated for November 27 and 28.

 Talking to this newspaper, SJSS chief convenor Brajen Mahanta also demanded steps to 'stall the process of one-sided negotiation with the Bodo leadership on the demand for a separate Bodoland or more powers to the BTC.'

Members of the SJSS observed a four-hour fast from 11 am today in front of the Raj Bhawan here in support of their demands for excluding the non-Bodo majority villages from the BTAD and negotiation between the non-Bodo organisations and the Government of India for review of the BTC Accord or the so-called Sixth Schedule (Amendment) Act, 2003.

They also demanded in their memorandum submitted to the Governor a round table conference of all the ethnic groups to find out a well-accepted solution to the demand for ethnic autonomy.

The demand for unconditional and complete rehabilitation of all the Muslim, Adivasi, Rajbongshi and other non-Bodo families displaced by the Bodo extremists in the BTAD areas was also raised by the SJSS members today.

They further demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each of Sanjay Das and Bidyut Kalita killed by the Bodo terrorists and arrest of the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) leaders involved in the killing and looting at Jalagaon in Baksa district on October 30 last.

A high-level inquiry into the ongoing unrest in Ballamguri of Bijni and other places in the BTAD areas was also demanded by the SJSS members today in their memorandum.

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