Bodo organisations appeal for safe release of abducted duo

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Itanagar, Jun 25 (UNI) The Bodo community of Assam's Sonipur district today unanimously appealed for the unconditional release of Getem Apang, son of former Arunachal Chief Minister Gegong Apang and his music teacher Narendra Rai, who were abducted on June 18 last.

Representatives of various Bodo organisations during a meeting organised by the district unit of Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) at Borpukhuri Bodo National Academy School, near Hollongi, bordering Arunachal, demanded that the organisation involved in the kidnapping should realise them at the earliest without any condition.

The meeting, while condemning the incident, decided to initiate peace process with the organisation involved for early and safe release of both the youths. The meeting also decided that the Gaon Burahs (village headmen) of the entire area would be geared up for negotiation with the organisation involved, though so far no militant group of Assam had claimed responsibility.

Public Relation secretary of central unit of All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) Buddhiram Basumatary while assuring all help in tracing the kidnapped youths said the Bodo society would never encourage terrorism of any form. ''Whenever any incident takes place the entire blame goes to the community. We cannot help this as terrorists have no barriers or area of operations,'' he said and added that peace process should be initiated immediately.

Mr Gegong Apang, who was also invited to the meeting, while addressing the gathering pleaded the people to initiate measures so as to release his son and his friend at the earliest.

'' Please go from village to village and appeal to the abductors so that good sense prevailed over them for early release of the duo,'' Apang, a visibly depressed man, said adding, the age-old relationship between Arunachal and Assam should not be distorted by such incidents.

Stating that he was still in dark about the reasons behind the abduction, the veteran Congress leader said during his long political innings he never uttered a single word against anybody. '' Though I realise the sentiments of the Bodo people, I never tried to interfere in their movement for freedom but morally supported them,'' he said while claiming that he had helped the community in getting the status of autonomous district council.'' The organisations who participated in the meeting include BSS, ABSU, Ex BLT Welfare Association besides other women and social organizations.

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