Founded in Gauhati HC against delay in execution of Bodo Accord | Guwahati News

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GUWAHATI: Coronated Bodo prince Prithviraj Narayan Dev Mech and IIT grad Thulunga Basumatary — 2 mediators of this Bodo peace accord signed in January –‘ve transferred Gauhati high court, accusing the Centre and the state government for failing to implement the pact in”letter and spirit”.
Signing of this next Bodo Peace Accord on January 27 using four factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has been regarded as a landmark in ushering lasting peace in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) at Assam.
Mech, while speaking to the press here on Sunday, contested the government’s commitment towards implementing the clauses of this agreement and stated there hasn’t been any substantial progress during the previous seven months. The North East Heritage Foundation (NEHF), led by Mech and Thulunga, has filed a PIL in the HC lately contrary to the delay in execution of this Accord.
“It is over seven months today, however, the government is to use the Accord. If these delays persist, the authorities has to be prepared to confront’Split Assam 50-50′ and’No Bodoland No Rest’ protests again. We’ll be bound to need another Bodoland, in case the Accord remains just a bit of newspaper,” Mech explained.
Even as many political parties, including the ruling BJP, are busy preparing their roadmaps for its 2021 assembly polls and the resultant Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections at the BTAD, the 2 members of their Bodo Peace Accord mediator team fired a salvo in the authorities for allegedly slowing drawing the constraints of the projected Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) by extending the domain of the present BTAD.
“According to the Accord, a commission was going to be shaped under Paragraph 14 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, which could analyze and recommend the addition of villages nearby to Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and using a vast majority of tribal inhabitants. But up to now, no commission was appointed however,” the petitioners stated from the PIL. The MoS or peace agreement was inked for enhancement of the region and forces of the BTC, as evidenced by the signatory Bodo organisations while maintaining intact the territorial integrity of Assam.
Mech advised the press that based on this Accord, criminal cases filed against associates of NDFB factions to get non-heinous offenses shall be withdrawn from the authorities. On the other hand, the offender cases enrolled in relationship with heinous crimes will likely be assessed”case by case” based on the present policy on the topic. “According to the Accord, the Centre and state authorities will take necessary measures to rehabilitate the NDFB cades. Yet, nothing was achieved on that front also. Such collapse won’t be tolerated,” he explained.
The two petitioners moved to Myanmar and initiated peace talks between the MHA and the NDFB leadership. Afterward, after negotiating with the NDFB leaders in Myanmar, the duo played an essential part in bringing the NDFB ultras into ceasefire. This led to signing of a tripartite Suspension of Operations (SoO) arrangement on January 16 from the President of one of those dreaded factions of the NDFB, B Saoraigwra, agreeing to become a part of this memorandum of reimbursement (MoS) which has been signed on January 27.
“No evaluation for rehabilitation of the NDFB cadres belonging to each of the factions has been produced by any qualified agency of this country,” the PIL said, including that because of non invasive of these cases pending against the prior NDFB rebels, their livelihood and private liberty have been changed. The mediators, on July 31, filed a representation to the Union home ministry to execute the clauses of this Accord with a specified time.
Following the Union home ministry January 27 signed the historic Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with the NDFB organisations and Assam authorities, more than 1,600 NDFB cadres laid down arms in Guwahati. The MoS was signed by Union home minister Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, leaders of the four factions of the NDFB, All Bodo Students’ Union, United Bodo People’s Organization along with the agents from the Centre. Assam fund ministry Himanta Biswa Sarma and Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary were present during the signing of this Accord.

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