Karbi students' body protest 'anti-tribal clauses' in peace deal
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Diphu: A day after the ‘Karbi Peace Accord’ was signed by leaders of six armed organisations of Karbi Anglong region of Assam with the state and Central governments at New Delhi on September 4, various organisations have come out in protest.

On Sunday, more than 24 social organisations protested in front of the office of BJP-East Karbi Anglong District Council (BJP-EKADC) along the Diphu-Manja road. They were protesting against the insertion of 10 seats to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) which will be open for all communities.

The protesters burnt tyres and shouted slogans until the local police reached the spot and cleared the road.

Ratan Terang, president of United Karbi Students’ Association (UKSA), said, “We have opposed the peace accord, as it is against the Sixth Schedule. In the coming days, we are going to oppose it democratically.”

The convener of the social organisations, Litsong Rongphar, said the provision of reserved seats already exists in the KAAC. He added the organisations are demanding implementation of paragraph 2, subparagraph 7 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, for amending new rules to the council with the approval of the Governor.

“The signing of the peace accord by six extremist organisations on Saturday, instead of strengthening of political, social, economic and land rights of the Karbis, has now led to the weakening of such rights. We cannot accept the peace accord and anything that happens as an outcome of the peace accord will be the responsibility of the signatories of the six extremist organisations,” he added.

Avinash Ronghang, president of Karbi Farmers’ Association, said, “Though we welcome the peace accord, it is a black day for us. In the peace accord it has been mentioned that of the 44 elected seats in the KAAC, 34 seats are reserved for those from ST communities with 10 seats open for all communities. The 10 seats open for all means throwing the door open for the general communities to get elected to the KAAC and assert their dominance over the ST communities.”

He added, “The insertion of this particular point of throwing open 10 seats is unacceptable and we are prepared to protest through democratic means. If required, we will approach the Gauhati High Court.”

The ‘Team Karbi Anglong’ of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, led by Chief Executive Member (CEM), Tuliram Ronghang, by taking such wrong steps to suppress the hill tribe communities through the peace accord is unacceptable on our part, said the Karbi Farmers’ Association president.

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