The All Bodo Students Union ( ABSU ) has observed the “31st Bodoland Martyr Day” at Borpukhuri, Gohpur in commemoration of those who have laid down their valuable lives for the existence and self determination through creation of separate state Bodoland.
During the six year Bodoland movement from 1987-1993, 1135 Bodo people were martyred by the then state and non state actors of Assam out of which 535 were from Gohpur.
On the 12 June 1987 Sujit Narzary a class IX student was killed by the Anti-Bodoland miscreants while returning from democratic non violent rally held at Judge Field Guwhati.
As it was the 1st incident of the Bodoland movement, since then the Bodo community declared the day as the Bodoland Martyr Day and have been observing every year to commemorate the entire martyrs for the cause of Bodoland State.
Talking to NorthEast India24 , ABSU president Promod Boro said that, Gohpur Massacre was a historical pettiness and inhuman act that reminds us about the barbaric mass killing during 1989 that succumbed to death 535 people for which the village folk compelled to flee leaving their property and houses to Arunachal Pradesh the nearby state due to burning of the houses, killing, looting and arson etc, .
Both BAC and BTC accords have failed to protect the very existence and the identity of the Bodos and its language, culture and land rights. The voice and demand for creation of the Bodoland is still continuing through series of democratic mass movement launched by ABSU, NDFB (P) and PJACBM along with the demand for constitutional rights to the Bodos living outside proposed Bodoland and grant ST Hills status to the Bodos of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, said Promod Boro.
Moreover NDFB (P) and NDFB are also in peace process and waiting for early solution through meaningful dialogue.