Groups oppose IPF’s demand to bifurcate Assam’s Dima Hasao district


Silchar: Dimasa organisations including Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom (JNH), Dima Jalai Hosom (DJH), Dimasa Students’ Union (DSU) and All Dimasa Students’ Union (ADSU) have strongly opposed the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum (IPF)’s demand for bifurcation of Assam’s Dima Hasao district into two separate districts.

The Dimasa groups said the demand is based on communal lines and that there is no question of supporting it.

The reaction by the Dimasa bodies comes following a meeting between the IPF and the home and political department, Government of Assam, at Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara, Guwahati, on Thursday.

The IPF, which for the past many years has been demanding the bifurcation of Dima Hasao district into two districts (for Dimasas and non-Dimasas) with separate autonomous councils, was invited along with its students and women’s wings (North Cachar Hills Indigenous Students’ Forum and North Cachar Hills Indigenous Women’s Forum) for a meeting in Guwahati on April 21.

The details of the meeting were not available when this report was filed.

At a news conference in Haflong on Thursday afternoon, Dimasa organisations, including the JNH, DJH, DSU and ADSU, said they vehemently oppose the bifurcation of Dima Hasao district as this is based purely on communal/religious lines.

They pledged to work actively to prevent any attempt of “cleaving” the region on the basis of such “objectionable” factors. Jadikhe Naisho Hoshom (JNH) president Kumud Ranjan Kemprai said bifurcation of the district on communal lines can never be acceptable.


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