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Violence continues, curfew reimposed in Karbi Anglong

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Angry villagers protest during the indefinite curfew in Diphu town in Karbi Anglong hills district of Assan. File photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
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Angry villagers protest during the indefinite curfew in Diphu town in Karbi Anglong hills district of Assan. File photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Violence continued to rock Karbi Anglong district for the fifth day on Sunday over the demand for a separate state with government offices and properties of political leaders torched and curfew reimposed after a relaxation of four hours.

Police said the office of the additional chief engineer of irrigation department and the Khadi Board office, equipment and machineries of public works department here besides a forest beat office at Amri, a land records office at Long-e-Kur, were set ablaze by agitators.

A teak plantation of Congress MP from Autonomous Hill districts Biren Singh Engti and a rubber plantation of a Karbi Autonomous Council Executive Member D. Uffing Maslai were also set on fire.

Engti’s rubber estate was earlier torched by protesters on Friday last.

Karbi Anglong district administration reimposed the curfew, on since Wednesday, after relaxing it between 8 am and 12 pm.

Activists of different organisations have been agitating for a separate state on the lines of Telangana.

Meanwhile, the 100-hr hills district bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, called by Hills State Democratic Party (HSDP) and scheduled to begin on Monday, has been deferred in view of the prevailing situation in Karbi Anglong.

A HSDP spokesman Daniel Teron in a release appealed to all sections of the hill people to maintain peace and calm.

An all-Party meeting, attended by representatives of the Congress, HSDP, NCP and BJP also appealed to the people to end violence and restore peace following which their demands would be discussed and resolved.

A delegation of AGP leaders, comprising MP Joseph Toppo and former ministers Utpal Bora and Atul Bora (Junior), held a meeting with local organisations here and appealed that violence be stopped and protesters press their demand in a democratic manner.

They also asked opposition parties to play a more proactive role in ending violence.

high time the GOI and the GOA consider talks and negotiations for granting seperate states to the people of karbi anglong and bodoland and dima hasao and as well as various other enthnic communities within Assam..statehood is a birthright of any community and it is democratic ,..if telegana offence congrats to the people of telegana i share their joy and pride in the great news of statehood..but the burning question remains ." what about us?? "..the desire of the other communities has been left unanswered and the great Congress Party may have know the aftermath but yet they must have also thought about plan b which im sure there is otherwise i dont think they would have taken this step on granting telangana im an eternal optimist ..i know this takes time and energy but i hope sincerely the GOI know the fact that Karbi Anglong has been in demand and in need of statehood since lets hope and pray everything goes well..may God grant us peace ....

from:  dr b hanjang
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 03:05 IST

Do you have any idea if what you are speaking? All the tribes that you have mentioned are
spread over the whole Assam. How do you think it justified to divide Assam on the basis of
tribes. Moreover, Assam alone have 100s of tribes. Better keep your mouth shut if you do't
have any geographical knowledge.

from:  Kakati
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 00:49 IST

I absolutely agree with Prof R Krishnamurthy. Whether we like it or not,
the differences are too many to make it work. Obviously, the "joint
family" system (to quote our Hon'ble Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi) is not
working. We have gone through it over half a century. Moreover, what is
there in Karbi Anglong, or BTC, that is keeping Assam to let go? Small
states formula is the best policy to hasten development where the gaps
between the government and the governed come closer.

from:  Milton Terang
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 22:06 IST

High time the people in Telangana should come out of the influence of KCR; Realize the truth and Support the cause of One united state for One Telugu. One Last chance... Lets be united.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 21:25 IST

India is a state of union of people irrespective of caste colour creed and religion.Here the need for seperate state in the the name of these discriminations should not be promoted. It is against our constitutio.
States should be devided only in terms of administrative reforms or in lingustic bases.

from:  Abhijith s n
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 20:43 IST

It is a pity when people of the country are to be united irrespective of language&Religion,unfortunately the Telengana issue had been raked up now giving chance for other states to follow suit,especially when the term for the present central Government already engulfed with scams,is coming to end soon.
It makes it look the present UPA Government at the centre is adopting a scorched earth policy.

from:  Viswanathan
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 20:20 IST

The Karbis battle for a separate state is an old unresolved issue since 1950s. The Karbis were the first inhabitants of Assam and therefore often described as "the Columbus of Assam". Peeping back to history, the Ahom king inhumaneness and barbarism forced the Karbis to disperse in the scene. In fact, it is the perpetual ill-treatment that coerced the people of various community to pull up stakes. It is time that Assam must heed to the statehood demand for future good. Tolerance have some limit, now the Karbis will stick to their guns and fight tooth and nail.

from:  Rupam Ronghang
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 19:55 IST

There is practically no cultural ,linguistic ,racial differences between
Andhra and Telengana region people. But the center has granted
Telengana. But the demand for Bodoland ,Gurka Land etc are definitely
justified as there exists racial ,cultural and linguistic differences
between people of different regions.

from:  Prof R Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 16:04 IST
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