Guwahati, February 13, 2020:
The Dimasas have called for a peaceful coexistence in Dima Hasao following the violence caused during the “indefinite bandh” by the Indigenous People’s Front (IPF) and demanded strict punishment for the culprits.
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The All Dimasa Students’ Union on Thursday viewed the bandh called by the IPF as a disturbance caused to the tranquility of Dima Hasao. It alleged the IPF of starting a movement for political gain.
“Firstly, I would like to ask the so called Indigenous People’ Forum (IPF) whether they know who are “indigenous”. They should look up the meaning of the term. There are thirteen tribes and six non-tribal communities living in Dima Hasao. We have been living peacefully. But now they have started a movement for their political gain. Because of them, the people of Dima Hasao are facing problems,” said Pramit Sengyung.
It may be mentioned here that on February 11, massive violence erupted in Dima Hasao. Bandh supporters vandalized property worth lakhs and vehicles of government officials were also damaged. Police vehicles were also attacked.
“There has been so much violence on 11th Feb. DFO, District Commissioner, District Judge were attacked. Police vehicles were severely damaged. The authorities should take strict action against the culprits,” said Pramit.
The Students’ Union also urged the government to implement the MoS at the earliest and at the same time requested to refrain from forming a district on communal basis. “I request the government not to take any decision that would affect the tranquility of the place,” the student leader added.
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