Nine Tribal Christian Houses Evicted from Their Villages in Assam. By Madhu Chandra


New Delhi, November 18, 2006 (All India Christian Council): Nine tribal Christian homes belonging four villages in Kokrajhar district of Assam have been evicted by some members belong to Bodo Religious Bathou (an indigenous Bodo tribal religion) on November 14, 2006. According to the sources reaching to All India Christian Council, the houses of three Bodo tribal Christian families in Haldibari and four other families in surrounding three villages - Moflabari, Jamduguri and Basdari were dismantled. Members of nine Bodo tribal Christian families were forced to leave their villages. Mr. Benjaligar Machahary, director of Bodo Radio Program report to Christian Council, "On November 14, 2006 morning some members of Bodo Religious Bathou of Haldibari assembled at village council hall and made an resolution to evacuate Christian members from the village." At the end of the gathering, nearly 25 members belonging to Bathou had heavy drunk and went to three Christian families in the village and began dismantling their homes at 8 O'clock in the morning and went around attacking Christians in surrounding village till police forces came to intervene at 2 O'clock at noon. Mr. Machahary reports further, "After destroying three Christian families of Haldibari, they went to other nearby three more villages and dismantled six other Christian homes. All the Christian members were given two options to leave the village to profess Christianity or leave the Christians to live in their own villages" While talking Sahirudin Rahman – Sub-Inspector of Kokrajhar Police Station, he reports, "A case No. 280/06 has been registered against 25 offenders under Indian Penal Code section nos. 148, 149, 307, 326 and 427." Out of 25 offenders, Tibila Narsary, Maram Basumatary, Inam Basumatary and Monjin Basumatary are the group leaders who dismantled nine Christian homes and forced Christian members to leave their villages. Seven of 25 offenders were arrested on following the report filed in Kokrajhar police station and were released latter on bail. With the help of Reora Narsary – executive member of Bodoland Territorial Council, the victims of nine Christian families were provided shelter in a Lower Primary school building. It has been reported that a Peace Committee under initiative of Mr. Narsary has been setup to bring reconciliation between the communities. The majority of the villagers came in support of the Christian victims. Villagers condemned those accused and victims are allowed to return back to their home. A memorandum has been submitted to Bodoland Territory Council to look into the matter and provide safety to Christian minorities in the district and pay compensation to Christian members. Bishop K. Basumatary of Bodo Evangelical Lutheran Church reports to Christian Council, "Hindu fanatic leaders used Bodo tribal communities to provoke hatred and disharmony among different faith and religions among Bodo communities. In many of the cases, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – Hindu religious fanatic influences Bodo tribal communities to hate Bodo tribal Christians." It has been the same strategy among all tribal communities of India, where RSS will use tribal and scheduled caste communities to attack Christian and other minority religious communities. In most of the cases, when police registered against the crimes only the members of tribal and scheduled caste communities will suffer under the law when actual offender who provoked and master minded will go unpunished. Proselytizing the tribal communities of India into Hinduism has been propagated in most part of tribal areas in India. It has been propagated in full swing among North East Indian tribal states. Sangh Parivar's claim of tribal and scheduled caste communities as part of Hinduism is biggest lie against Scheduled caste and tribal communities. Scheduled caste and tribal communities of India were never part of Hinduism. Counting Bodo tribals into Hinduism is biggest lye against Bodo and tribal communities of India.

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