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Aug 06, 2013 at 11:13am IST

Assam: People demand four separate state, protests continue

Guwahati: The Telangana decision has given rise to demands for smaller states in Assam. The situation continues to remain tense and normal life has been thrown out of gear in the state as different organisations raise demand for four separate states - a state for the Bodos, one for the Karbis, one for the Dimasas and one for the Koch Rajbongshis.

"Bodoland demand is a very ancient, very genuine and many decades old demand. It is very much justified, legitimate and democratic right of the Bodo people of Assam," said Bodoland People's Front MP SK Bwiswmuthiary.

The All Bodo Students Union has given call for a 48 hour bandh in Kokrajhar. "No Bodoland, no rest" is the slogan the students union wants to revive.

Karbi Anglong has been the worst hit with violence and arson. Many government buildings have been burnt down and two deaths have been reported in this district. The order by the government to shoot at sight orders still remains.

"We demand separate state and will continue our protest till the demand is met," said Longpi Ingti Anglong, President, Karbi Students Association.

Meanwhile, a 12 hour bandh continues in Dima Hasao hill district. A 32-member political team with demands of Dimasa and Karbi Anglong states have reached Delhi. In lower Assam, the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Students Union has given a 36 hour bandh and a hunger strike call. They are demanding a separate Kamtapur state.