Organisation in Karbi Anglong reiterates on Article 244 (A)
Diphu, June 4 (EMN): In the wake of the Assam state government announcing the signing of peace agreement with the insurgent groups of Karbi Anglong, the All Party Hill Leaders Conference (APHLC) – Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) strongly asserted that ‘the accord less than Article 244 (A) of the constitution of India and disempowering the Sixth Schedule is non-negotiable’.
Speaking at the press conference held at Karbi Anglong’s district press club on Friday, Premson Bey, president of ASDC youth wing, stated that “It is seen through media that a declaration is made by the state government for signing of peace accord with the rebel outfits of Karbi Anglong is in the offing. However, the APHLC-ASDC strongly asserts and inform before the government that the accord anything less than Article 244 (A) of the constitution of India and disempowering the Sixth Schedule is non-negotiable”. He went on to say that, “Asserting our rights for implementation of Article 244(A) through democratic means and some through arms has led to loss of scores of lives. Any attempt to disempowering the Sixth Schedule and non–fulfilment of Autonomous State shall be met with strong resistance.”
The spokesperson of APHLC, Angtong Engti Kathar, stated that in the earlier peace signing the issue of autonomous state was left out. “This time, the insurgent leaders should be firm in their stand and if there is no mentioned of Article 244 (A) they should not signed the peace accord. The people of Karbi Anglong are with them,” he stated.
Meanwhile, APHLC-ASDC has expressed disappointment with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council authority in the recent TET teachers appointment allegedly for flouting the rules. It also expressed deep concern over the investigation process into the murder case of a 12-year-girl, Sumila Ronghangpi, who was brutally killed at Raha in Nagaon district and assured to stand for justice.