The influential All Assam Students' Union and 28 ethnic and minority community students organisations today demanded banning of the Nikhil Bharat Bengali Utbasta Sammonnay Samity for its alleged involvement in the Silapathar incident.
"The Silpathar incident of March 6 is an attack on the swabhiman (self-respect of the indigenous people of Assam. Till now the main culprit of the incident Subodh Biswas has not been arrested", claimed AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya here.
"Subodh Biswas has to be arrested where ever he is and strong punitive measures taken against him. We 29 organisations warn the government that we will not rest till he is booked", Dr Bhattacharya told reporters here following a joint meet of the 29 students bodies here.
The Silpathar violence took place during the procession taken out by NiBBUSS leading to the destruction of an office of the local unit of AASU, Swahidbedi (memorial to Assam Agitation martyrs) and also causing damage to public and private properties and disruption of law and order situation in the area.
AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath alleged, "Subodh Biswas could escape due to the the failure of the Assam government to nab him. We condemn it. We ask the Chief Minister who is in charge of the Home department why Biswas could not be arrested".
To continue with their agitation against the incident, the 29 organisation will on April one next organise a public protest rally at Latasil field here and will meet central leaders for fulfilment of their demands, Nath said.
Bhattacharya also said the meeting decided to continue with their peaceful joint movement against the Silapathar incident along with their other demands, including scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and consideration of the Expert Committee's report on construction of big dams in Assam.
"We are not anti Muslim, anti Bengali or anti-Hindus. We are only against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh", stated AASU leader.
"To destroy the identity of the indigenous people of Assam the government of India wants to impose illegal migrants from Bangladeshis on Assam. We will strictly go by the Assam Accord whereby illegal migrants from Bangladesh who come upto March 31, 1971 would only be accepted", Bhattachrya asserted.
"We also demand that the government take steps for only the indigenous people here to have land rights in Assam and the National Register of Citizens not to include the names of the illegal migrants", he added.
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