Show Cause Notice Issued to AABCC in Dima Hasao

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Suroj Barman
HAFLONG, Feb 20: Dima Hasao district administration has issued show cause notice to working president and general secretary of All Apex Bodies Co-ordination Committee (AABCC) leading to disturbance of communal harmony during a mass peace rally organized here on Monday.

A peace rally organized by All Apex Bodies Coordination Committee in collaboration with students’ organization was taken out here on Monday against the move for bifurcation of Dima Hasao district and violence erupted during the indefinite bandh call given by North Cachar Hills Indigenous People’s forum (NCHIPF) on February 11.

“The district administration has given permission for holding the rally vide its letter No. DH/CON/PER/2020/8 dated 16th February on the basis of the report of superintendent of police. However, it was observed that the rally and procession was turned into a “protest rally” using loudspeakers and shouting provocative slogans by the participants in blatant violation of the conditions of permission,” the show cause letter issued by the district commissioner said.

“Your irresponsible action and commission of such acts in violation of the preconditions is likely to disturb the communal peace and harmony among different ethnic tribes residing the district,” the notice said. The district magistrate had directed the organizer to furnish written reply within Friday as to under what circumstances the conditions of permission were violated by the followers in defiance of district authorities and as to why appropriate legal action not to be initiated.

“We are informed about the notification; however we didn’t receive the letter. We held the rally for peace of the district and more than five thousands from each and every community who wanted peace in the district participated. Photo of the notification letter was made viral in social media without issue number that purely indicate that it is third party work and intention to defame our organization in this sensitive time. We condemn such act and urge the district administration that such matter is not repeated in near future,” said Frezer Sengyung, the working president of All Apex Bodies Coordination Committee.

Other hand Dima Hasao SP Bir Bikram Gogoi said that the cyber cell of Dima Hasao police are closely monitoring social media activities and are keeping track of social media miscreants.

On February 11, a massive protest broke out in Haflong, following the indefinite shutdown called by the Indigenous People’s Forum (IPF) demanding a separate district with a separate autonomous council by bifurcating Dima Hasao district. During the bandh, clashes occurred in several parts of Haflong town between pro and anti-bandh groups, injuring several persons. The bandh was withdrawn later on in the evening after the forum was invited for talks into their demands by the state government.

After the scuffle, a peace panel comprising two to three members from all communities apex’s bodies was constituted under the initiative of the Dima Hasao district administration to spread peace and tranquility in co-ordination with the administration.