Kokrajhar (Assam): The All Bodo Students
Union (ABSU) had reiterated its demand for a separate state of
"Bodoland" for the plain Boro tribals residing in lower Assam.
In a statement signed by the ABSU president Promod
Boro and secretary Jiron Basumatary asked the Centre to
formulate a "pragmatic and comprehensive policy" on its demand
for a separate Bodoland state.
"The separate state will ensure security and protect the
ethnic communities as the tribals had been deprived of their
fundamental rights for long", ABSU said today.
The student body threatened that if the Centre does
not respond to their demand, a new phase of agitation will be
The ABSU claimed in the statement that they met senior
BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj and several others leaders both from
the opposition and ruling party in New Delhi to apprise them
of their demands.