Monday, March 17, 2008

‘Curfew, police action no solution to BTC clashes’

GUWAHATI, March 16: The Boro Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Rights (BPFPR) has sought the permission from the Chirang district administration for holding a peace rally in Bengtol, where as many as five persons were killed in police firing on March 13. This was stated by forum’s president Bhromon Baglari while talking with The Sentinel today.
Curfew in the violence-hit Bengtol has been relaxed for six hours from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. However, tension is still there, despite the situation appearing to be normal, local sources said.
Baglari is of the view that curfew and police action is not the answer to the situation prevailing in the BTAD areas. The need of the hour is to take help of the civil society to restore peace and confidence in the minds of the people, he added.
“We want peace for the greater interest of the Bodo people and all sorts of violence irrespective of is who behind it is condemnable,” he said.
Expressing doubt over the Government’s intention in the BTAD area, the Boro Peoples Forum chief said the attitude on part of the district administration and the police in Chirang district helps the so-called Bodo Royal Tigers Force (BRTF) activists, in the name of BPF youth wing, to create terror in the minds of people.
He said, such situations will certainly hamper the much-awaited peace negotiations between the Government and the proscribed NDFB. “It is the Government which is conspiring to derail the peace process with the NDFB,” he said.
According to him, the recent statement made by the BTAD chief Hagrama Mohilary proves the involvement of the Government in the recent incident. “This is the extreme form of State sponsored terrorism witnessed by the Bodo people. If such situations continue, the situation might turn for the worse,” Baglari said.

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