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Govt to provide house and cash to victim families of Gohpur conflicts of the ‘80s: Himanta

Govt to provide house and cash to victim families of Gohpur conflicts of the ‘80s: Himanta

Hundreds of lives were lost in widespread arson and ambushes by Bodos and non-Bodos in Gohpur and adjoining areas between 1983 and 1990

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GOHPUR: In yet another pre-poll sop, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today announced houses and cash to victims of the Gohpur mayhem of the ‘80s.

Addressing the All Bodo Students’ Union’s (ABSU) 53rd annual conference here, the senior minister said: “I announce here today that our state government will give Rs 5 lakh and a house to every victim family of the Gohpur conflicts which took place between 1983 and 1990.”

Hundreds of houses of Bodo and non-Bodo people were torched by one another in a six-year-long conflict in Gohpur, Lakhimpur and Khairabari. Scored also lost their lives in the conflicts.

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Sarma also promised to set up a statue of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma at Dwimalu near here at state government cost. “I am sure, this will be the first time the state government will be funding for a statue of Bodofa. It will be like that of Mahatma Gandhi, Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi or Bishnu Ram Medhi which we in the state government fund for sculpting,” he said.

Earlier he said the Bodoland Territorial Region Accord 2020 has ushered in complete peace and tranquility in all tribal inhibited areas of Assam and the state government would ensure implementation of the accord in letter and spirit.

“We have already implemented most of the clauses of the BTR accord, and it appears peace and progress has been restored in the last disturbed tribal area of the state. And, peace is here to stay. I also promise there that every single letter in the accord will be implemented in the best spirit. The visits of the two top leaders of the nation – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah – within a year to celebrate the BTR Accord is a testimony of the BJP’s commitment towards the people of BTR,” the minister said.