Bodo organizations oppose proposed establishment of Idgah on forest land

 

KOKRAJHAR, Aug 18: Several Bodo organizations including Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Tribal Sangha and eleven other democratic organizations have opposed the proposed move of a section of Muslims to set up an Idgah at Bedlangmari in Kokrajhar district.

The situation is likely to turn  volatile again in the district, if Muslims go ahead with their plan to set up a permanent Idgah at Bedlangmari, a forest land under Kokrajhar police station in Kokrajhar district. The reports received revealed that the Muslims have decided to set up Idgah on August 20 next at Bedlangmari in Kokrajhar in presence of thousands of people of that particular community during celebration of Id-ul-Fitre where people from even Dhubri district will reportedly be participating the celebration.

The Deputy Chief of BTC, Kampa Borgoyary on Friday warned not to set up the Idgah in the forest land and if they (Muslims) go ahead with a challenge, the forest department will take action. He asked the district administration to prevent any attempt to set up the Idgah and take all precautionary measures to foil the possible attempts. He said, Bedlangmari is situated under Chakrasilla Wild Life Sanctuary. The Muslims occupied a vast plot of land with an intention to set up an Idgah and erected a signboard but the department of forest removed the sign board on May 28 last. Subsequently, the Muslim student organization called BTC bandh on May 29 which turned violent and some Bodo employees were attacked and hospitalized, he said adding that many security personnel were also injured in the stone pelting at Joypur on that day. He also said, the council will not allow any forceful occupation of forest land which also fall under tribal belts and blocks.

Borgoyary said, “I appeal the Muslim people and religious leaders not to set up Idgah at Bedlangmari with a challenge and if go ahead with forcefully, I will ask the district administration and the department of forest to take action”, he said adding that he has discussed the matter with the DC for taking up necessary measure.

The BTC Deputy Chief said the government should take action on the erring police officers at Tamulpur in Baksa district who opened indiscriminate fire on the peaceful protestors on Thursday after they arrested 65 innocent Bodo people, injuring 7 who have been hospitalized after the Kawarbita incident. He demanded that the SP and SDPO of Baksa district and Tamulpur sub division must be dismissed from the service saying that police action was partial and they did not arrest a single Muslim although they set public buses on fire and damages other vehicles in Betkusi. He also questioned as to why the security forces are not able to arrest the culprits involved in the brutal killings of four BPF youth activists in Kokrajhar on July 20 and violent perpetrators at Betkhusi who set buses on fire.

Borgoyary said the government of Assam and certain news channels has been saying that there has been no attack on the people of the NE and all threats are rumours. He questioned if the attack is not on the people of Northeast then why a Rajbongshi person from Kokrajhar, Sanjay Ray has been killed in Palasha of Andhra Pradesh and some other injured? He also said the poster paste in the sign board of Jalia Ulema Islamia University with words like “Kichi chinki ko mat chorna….. (Don’t leave any Mongalian face) is a serious matter and government of India should take the issue seriously.

On the other hand, eleven Bodo organizations on Saturday held an emergency meeting over the land occupation by suspected nationalities at Bedlangmari in Kokrajhar district with Ranjit Kumar Borgoyary, President of the All Assam Tribal Sangha in the chair. The organizations have decided that the tribal belts and blocks and forest land must not go to the hands of suspected Bangladeshis. They also submitted a memorandum to BTC Chief demanding that the proposal of setting up of Idgah at Bedlangmari by Muslims must not be allowed. The copy of memorandum was also submitted to DC and SP, Kokrajhar for taking necessary steps.

Courtesy: The Sentinel <http://www.sentinelassam.com/state1/story.php?sec=2&subsec=2&id=128646&dtP=2012-08-19&ppr=1#128646>

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