Pics: India may prepare for its next set of twin states

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Guwahati, Aug 8: India may prepare herself for its next set of twin states as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have promised to consider the statehood demands for the Arbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of Assam.

Devajit Thousen, who is the chief executive member of the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, after a meeting with the Congress leaders in Delhi said,"We have presented the aspirations of the people of the two hill districts. Both have promised to look into our demands. The Karbi Anglong autonomous council was also there in the delegation."

The demand for the states intensified with the carving out of the Telangana from Andhra Pradesh. Government homes and offices were attacked in Assam to get the demand for separate states in Assam heard. In fact, the Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (a militant outfit) called for a shutdown for 12 days in support of their demand.

Protesting

Activists of Bodoland People's Front (BPF) raise slogans for a separate Bodoland during a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Stranded passengers at Guwahati railway station

Stranded passengers at Guwahati railway station on Tuesday during a bandh called by the Bodos and the Koch-Rajbongshis in demand of Bodoland and Kamatapur states.

Bodo tribal youth shout slogans

Bodo tribal youth shout slogans during a mass rally demanding separate state of 'Bodoland' at Borama village in Guwahati.

In Guwahati

Bodo tribal youth shout slogans during a mass rally demanding separate state of 'Bodoland' at Borama village in Guwahati.

ABSU activists demanding separate Bodoland state

All Bodo Student Union (ABSU) activists block the National Highway 52, demanding separate Bodoland state, at Routa in Udalguri.

In Kokrajhar

Streets wear a deserted look during the 48-hr bandh called by All Bodo Students Union to press for their demand of a separate Bodoland state, in Kokrajhar district of Assam.

Streets bear a deserted

Streets bear a deserted look during the 48-hr bandh called by All Bodo Students Union to press for their demand of a separate Bodoland state, in Kokrajhar district of Assam.

MPs holding banners to demand separate Bodoland state

Bodoland MPs holding banners to demand separate Bodoland state at Parliament House in New Delhi on the opening day of monsoon session.

BPF raise slogans for a separate Bodoland

Activists of Bodoland People's Front (BPF) raise slogans for a separate Bodoland during a mass demonstration in Kokrajhar.

Students demanding separate state of Bodoland

Members of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and other prominent Bodo organizations, sitting on the tracks at Kokrajhar Railway Station during their 12-hour railway blockade demanding separate state of Bodoland.

In Kokrajhar

Members of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and other prominent Bodo organisations sitting on the tracks at Kokrajhar Railway Station during their 12-hour railway blockade demanding separate state of Bodoland.

In Guwahati

Stranded passengers wait at Guwahati Railway Junction on Friday during the "Rail Roko" protests by All Bodo Student Union (ABSU) to press for a separate state of Bodoland.

As news spread to the neigbouring district of Dima Hasao, people resorted to vandalism and violence here also, forcing the council of both the districts to seek government intervention.

All-Koch Rajbongshi Students' Union (AKRSU), however had a separate demand for a Kamtapur State, to which Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the agitation for the same should be called off. He further assured that the negotiations would be done at the Centre and "that peace was a must for any dialogue".

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