Six ethnic communities are up in arms against the Centre and state government after their demand for ST status was turned down citing lack of required criteria.
The All Assam Tai Ahom Students Union threatens to launch a massive agitation in Delhi and Dispur alleging that the government has failed to keep its promises.
Talking to Assam Times in Dispur on Tuesday, AATASU leaders said that they are fully prepared to face eventuality if the Ahoms do not get ST status.
“We will stage dharna even in New Delhi if need be. It is our due. Both BJP and Congress have prised a lot before the polls. But only to woo the voters,” said a senior AATASU leader who was in Dispur to stage dharna in protest against the Centre’s decision.
Koch Rajbanshi students are equally angry with the Centre’s denial of ST status. Talking to Assam Times that they said that they won’t remain silent if the government fails to keep its poll promises.
“We won’t wait for indefinite period. We only demand our due. Why the Centre needed so long period to reject the demand,” said a senior Koch Rajbanshi student leader who would soon hit the streets.
Same sentiments echoed when Muttock student leaders told Assam Times after the Centre rejected the demand for ST status along with five other communities.
The Muttock student leaders blamed both Delhi and Dispur for the impasse. “Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has failed to properly take up the issue with the Centre to keep his promises which he has been making for the last ten years. BJP can’t escape the responsibility for it as they made lots of promises in the time of electioneering,” said a Muttock student leader.
A man has been arrested by police for allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl in Sugnu, Thoubal district on April 25. The incident happened On apri 24 night at Sugnu Awang Leikai when 61-year-old Thokchom Menjor molested a nine-year-old girl of the same locality and tried to rape her inside his house. An irate mob beaten him up and dismantled the house. Later, he was arrested by Thoubal police and remanded to police custody for five days, they said.
29 Mar 2009 - 9:03pm | editor
Assam's noted astrologer Amal Das, popularly known as Kero Young was arrested on Sunday by police four days after income tax officials conducted a raid at his residence and business establishments in Guwahati.
According to information, the astrologer was absconding following his implications in tax evasion cases.
Moreover, he was implicated under a few stringent wildlife Acts after the skins and bones of wild animals were recovered by forest officials from his business establishments during the income tax raid before it was sealed.
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s immortal songs in bamboo books are released at Bokota Na-Nath Gaon, Sivasagar district on January 5. These 14 bamboo books are written by renowned sculptor Mohon Saikia. With these books Saikia has completed 45 bamboo books.
The book-release function was presided by Priyabor Konwer, President of Sivasagar district Tai Sahitya Sabha. President's Innovation Award Winner Uddhab Bharali, Retired Director of All India Radia, Dibrugarh, Hiren Gohain and renown musician Biren Phukon were also present at the event.