DIMAPUR, JUNE 8: Against the backdrop of the proposed move to create Karbi-Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) in Karbi Anglong area, the Rengma Naga Peoples’ Council (RNPC), Karbi Anglong, Assam, has demanded creation of Rengma Hills Autonomous District bifurcating Karbi Anglong with headquarters at Bokajan for Rengmas and non-Karbis.
The RNPC also demanded creation of an MLA seat reserved for Rengmas.
In a memorandum to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, the RNPC stated that indigenous Rengma Nagas have been living under the present Karbi Anglong District of Assam since time immemorial. “The Ahoms and Rengmas lived side by side as brothers even during the British rule”, it said.
On the extent of Rengma Hills, the memorandum said the Rengma Hills was extended to Bora Dikharu, Ban Inkuparbat and Tarapung Nallah in the North, the Jamuna and Diphu rivers on the south, Bora Dikharu and Horu Dikharu in the west and Dimapur on the east.
The RNPC said the Rengma Hills was partitioned in 1963 between the States of Assam and Nagaland at the time of creation of Nagaland state, with a considerable size of Rengma Hills merging with the State of Nagaland.
Stating that the Rengma Nagas have been submitting memoranda to the Government for many years for creation of autonomous district for Rengmas and non-Karbis, the RNPC lamented that the matter has been delayed till date. “Justice delayed is justice denied. Whereas the Government has recently announced to sign accord with the Karbi militants with bigger packages without taking into account the legitimate rights of the sons of the soil or the Rengmas and other communities. Provision of autonomous district under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution of India has pushed the Rengmas into the dark side of democracy which the Government fails to see”, it stated.
The RNPC again urged Amit Shah not to ignore and overlook the legitimate historical facts before taking concrete decision but consider the same for peaceful coexistence among the people.
(Page News Service)