ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MEDICAL PROFESSION-Loss of Credibility

North-East Co-ordination Committee on Human Rights(NECOHR), had been twice jailed under the Saikia regime for his alleged links with ULFA. More gruesome have been the ethnic clashes between the Bodo tribals and the adivasi Santhal settlers in the Lower Assam region. Dead bodies of three 'Bodo' girls were found in the Satyapur area on May 10. Clashes which erupted as a result in the Gossaigaon sub-division of Kokrajhar district on May 15 spread to adjacent Bongaigaon district, engulfing hundreds of villages, and leaving behind 78 dead and 2,00,000 homeless. Whether the girls belonged to the Bodo community, and were murdered by the Santhals still remains a point of debate. But tragically, it proved to be a sufl icient pretext for rekindling the rivalry between the Bodos and the Santhals which had manifested itself during the elections. Gossaigaon, from where the trouble started, witnessed the electoral battle between Rajendra Mushahary, an AGP candidate a Bodo, and Mathius Tudu. the Congress candidate and a Santhal. Despite the bullying tactics employed by the Peoples Democratic Front(PDF) and Bodo Security Force, the Santhals voted for the Congress. And now with the Congress defeated and the PDF winning five assembly seats in the Bodo dominated regions of Lower Assam, the attacks on the Santhals were also aimed at paving way for the creation of a separate state for the Bodos.

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