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Assam: Koch-Rajbongshis demand separate Kamatapur state, ST status

All Koch-Rajbongshi Students Union (AKRSU) on Tuesday staged a protest in Guwahati, demanding for a separate state of Kamatapur and Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Koch-Rajbongshi community.Both men and women sitting at the protest were holding placards which read -- We want Justice, No ST No rest, Fulfill our demands among others. Kamrup-Kamata has its own historical identity with 15 Koch Rajbongshi-populated districts of Assam and 6 districts of West Bengal. We are protesting to protect our ethnic identity, socio-economic and cultural heritage. We need a separate homeland of our own and the status of ST (P), AKRSU president Karmeswar Rai told ANI.The union said that as per the Constitution, they hold the right to have a separate state with ST (P) status as their community fulfills all criteria to regain their actual status.


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