RNPC demands bifurcation of KA
DIMAPUR, JANUARY 4
THE Rengma Naga People’s Council (RNPC), the apex body of Rengma Hills, Assam, has demanded bifurcation of the present Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) administrative area into two parts – one part to represent the Rengma Hills and the other representing Hamren sub-division of the erstwhile Mikir Hills. The Rengma Hills covering an area of approximately 8724 sq kms shall be the homeland of the non-Karbi communities including Rengmas, Dimasas, Adivasis, Kukis, Nepalis and mainland Indian communities while Hamren sub-division shall be the jurisdiction of the Karbi people, the RNPC said.
In a six-point political agenda of which a copy was received here, set forth to the people of Assam, the RNPC, representing the Rengmas of Assam, said “no longer recognises the KAAC.” It has categorically stated that the Rengmas are the “original inhabitants of Rengma Hills covered by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (AAC) while the Karbis are not.”
The new autonomous district council comprising the newly emancipated communities shall remain part and parcel of united Assam as opposed to Karbi people who are fighting for a state separated from Assam.
The RNPC also called upon the non-Karbi communities of Rengma Hills, Assam to join hands with Rengma brethrens to fulfill the objective of bifurcation of Karbi Anglong and the dominant community of Assam, the Ahoms, to support the Rengmas based on our shared history.
The political agenda was signed by RNPC president Shai Rengma and general secretary K. Solomon Rengma. The RNPC is headquartered in Phentsero, Rengma Hills, Assam.