GUWAHATI: As Dispur eased the lockdown with effect from August 16 across the state, the Indigenous People’s Forum (IPF) on Wednesday warned the Assam government of rigorous street protest and agitation to reiterate their demands.
The IPF has been demanding for creation of a separate autonomous district with a separate autonomous council ever since the renaming of the North Cachar Hills district on a communal line as Dima Hasao.
IPF secretary L Hlima Keivom said, “Ever since the renaming of the district as Dima Hasao, the non-Dimasa indigenous tribes have become strangers in their own ancestral land.”
According to Keivom, the Assam government earlier constituted two different task forces – one under the chairmanship of former Assam chief secretary P P Varma and the other under the chairmanship of former Minister Prithibi Maji.
“The announcement for creation of a separate district had also been made during the 2019-2020 budget sessions. Moreover, a ‘talks’ between the IPF and the government of Assam was also held on the February 17, 2019. Later the state government scheduled February 24, 2019 as the date for ‘final negotiation’. However, that February 24 never came to us,” the IPF leader said.
Notably, the IPF on August 18 organized its executive meeting at Songpijang near Dima Hasao and resolved to intensify widespread agitation in support of their demand.