Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the CM of Assam, welcomes the peace-talk initiative of KLO Leader.
“In Continuation with Govt of India’s efforts to bring lasting peace in the region, I welcome the desire of KLO leadership to join mainstream at an early date to resolve all issues through political dialogues. Govt of Assam would fully reciprocate this goodwill measure. @AmitShah”Dr Sarma tweeted
With the West Bengal state government releasing political detainees, the bulk of whom are members of the once-feared Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO), the group’s leader now want to engage in discussion with the state and the Centre, as the governments did with the ULFA.The central committee has requested an unconditional meeting to resolve their long-standing demands in a proposal made on KLO letterhead, a day before the outfit goes on a big mobilisation at Belakoba in Jalpaiguri on Sunday.
The peace proposal was signed by eight KLO insurgents who had been freed. “We want recognition of Rajbanshi language, an overhaul of the socio-economy of the region and of course our main demand would be forming a separate state comprising six north Bengal districts namely Darjeeling, Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda,” said KLO leader. He also mentioned that a separate state can fulfil the desires of the people of north Bengal, who have been denied for a long time.