GUWAHATI: The Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal People’s (ICITP) Northeast Zone has appealed to all communities to help in bringing peace to western Assam on the occasion of 18th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on Thursday.
The Bodoland Terrritorial Council (BTC) areas and Dhubri district in western are in turmoil since the outbreak of ethnic clashes last month. So far 77 people have been killed and over four lakh people have been affected. ICITP chief adviser Jebra Ram Muchahary said all communities would be engaged in pursuing and bringing peace in trouble-torn western Assam through dialogue.
“Violence reaps no benefit. So, our humble appeal on the 18th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is that all communities should get involved in bringing peace to western Assam,” said Muchahary.
Members of ICITP and violence-affected families organized a candlelight prayer in Kokrajhar on the occasion for peace and expressing solidarity with other indigenous people across the world. Muchahary also demanded stopping marginalization of indigenous people of Assam through population migration attempts.
“There is a conspiracy going on to marginalize indigenous people through population migration of non-indigenous people not only in BTC but in the entire state. This design should be stopped as indigenous people are on the verge of getting marginalized by losing their rights over land,” said Muchahary.