Barak Valley Body suggests ‘Break away from Assam’, to press for UT status

Guwahati, July 12: Due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the division between the Barak Valley and the Brahmaputra Valley has widened and it would be better if Barak Valley breaks away from the rest of the state- this was stated by All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association founder president Pradip Dutta Roy.

“The bitterness among the people of the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys is increasing day by day. The people of the Barak Valley do not want to live with the Brahmaputra Valley anymore. It would be better if Barak Valley breaks away from Assam,” said Roy, who is also an advocate.

The association will revive the old demand for the creation of a separate Union Territory out of Assam’s Barak Valley.

He added, “The separation of the Barak Valley will be better for both the valleys and Assam as a whole. Now, the time has come for us all to join hands, march ahead and raise our voices in unison for the separation of this valley from Assam. The fight will be long, the fight will be tough but we must not give up.”

Roy also mentioned that only around 35 per cent of the names of Barak Valley’s citizens were included in the first draft NRC while around 70 per cent names of the Brahmaputra Valley citizens were included in the first draft of the NRC.

“This has caused a lot of resentment among the general public and organizations in the Barak Valley. We are in touch with the several other organisations of Barak valley. Right now, our aim is to garner public support and initiate our movement to separate the valley from Assam,” he said.

It may be mentioned that Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi too had stated that the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys are divided over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Barak Valley has been strongly supporting the Bill and massive protests are going on in the Brahmaputra Valley demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Bill.

Roy also claimed that the “Marxist literary critics” of the Brahmaputra Valley are acting in a “revenge mode” and are abusing and taunting the Barak Valley people every single day.

Targetting Parmananda Rajbonshi, Asam Sahitya Sabha president, he said, “Bengali is an official language of the Barak Valley and we can never accept such diktats. Either he (Rajbongshi) is ignorant about the history of the Barak valley or is not aware of the 1961 Language Movement.”

A few days back, Rajbongshi said that right from the fourth grade to the topmost level, irrespective of being in private or government sectors, people who are working in Assam must know Assamese or any of the local mother tongues, otherwise, they will not be allowed to work in Assam.

Roy also said that he would fight for the case that has been registered against the former Vice-Chancellor of Assam University in Silchar, Dr Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, in Guwahati at the Dispur Police Station.