3rd Bodo Accord
BTC executive member Ranjit Basumatary in Kokrajhar on Sunday

Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) executive member Ranjit Basumatary on Sunday said that 50 per cent of the clauses of the 3rd Bodo Accord have already been implemented in the Bodo belt.

He said this while attending a meeting organized in Kokrajhar to mark the completion of one year of the signing of the 3rd Bodo Accord.

The tripartite peace accord was signed in Delhi in January last year in the presence of Union home minister, Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Sarbananada Sonowal, members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU).

Basumatary who formerly led the NDFB (S) faction as the general secretary said, “Peace has already been established in the Bodo region and more than 50 percent of the clauses of the 3rd Bodo Accord have been implemented.”

“We firmly believe that clause 8.4 of the Accord will be invoked and implemented in the near future,” he said.

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Clause 8.4 provides for the release of ex-gratia compensation to the martyrs of the Bodoland movement and withdrawal of non-heinous crimes of the NDFB members.

The BTC executive member also said that the peace restored in the Bodo belt through the Accord will be permanent and pave the way for peace and development.

“The Bodo people have always fought for peace, tranquillity and development in the region,’ said Basumatary.

BTC chief executive member Pramod Boro has nicknamed Kokrajhar, the headquarter of the Bodo Territorial Region (BTR) as ‘city of peace’

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com