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Pranab Boro, an activist of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) set himself on fire in front of the Secretariat at Guwahati on Monday demanding land rights for indigenous people.
He was immediately admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital with 95 per cent burn injuries, hospital superintendent Dr Ramen Talukdar said. He was later declared dead by GMCH Doctors at 4.20 pm.
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi blamed the Chief Minister for the immolation incident. On the otherhand, chief mnister Tarun Gogoi said that the incident was an unfortunate.
Incidentally, a function for the land deed distribution, to nearly 500 landless people of the city was to be held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra and KMSS and other Unnayan Samitis threatened to disrupt the land patta distribution programme at any cost. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has been demanding land for those who have been residing on government lands, including forest lands and wetlands, till 2005. “We have been demanding implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, also known as the Forest Rights Act and land rights to indigenous people,” said KMSS general secretary Kamal Kumar Medhi. But the government recently approved land pattas only to families residing on government land till 2001.
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