Displaced Mising people to get new home in Assam after 70 years

12,000 displaced Mising people likely to find new home outside Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Assam's Tinsukia district where they are now living

Guwahati: Around 12,000 Mising community people, displaced due to change in course of the Brahmaputra river 70 years ago, are likely to find new home outside a national park in Assam‘s Tinsukia district where they are now living, an official statement said.

The Assam government will soon issue a notification for rehabilitation of the Missing people of Laika and Dodhia forest villages of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, it said.

The matter was taken up at a high-level meeting where issues related to Forest Rights Act, 2006 were discussed.

“During the meeting, the issue regarding rehabilitation of the people residing at Laika and Dodhia in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district was discussed at a length. The forest department will soon issue a notification in this regard (rehabilitation),” the statement said on Friday.

Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Minister Ranuj Pegu, Environment and Forests Minister Parimal Suklabaidya and MLA Bhuban Pegu along with officers of various departments were present at the meeting.

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The government emphasised on preparing a roadmap for implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, on a mission mode with the WPT and BC being the nodal department and Environment and Forest as associate one.

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The plight of a group of Mising people, the second largest ethnic community of Assam, dates back to 1950 when a change in course of the Brahmaputra river took place after an earthquake, rendering 75 families of Murkongselek along Arunachal Pradesh border homeless.

The story repeated in 1957 with 90 households in Aukland area of Rahmaria revenue circle in Dibrugarh district becoming homeless due to river erosion, and the Mising people were forced to move out and took shelter in the then Dibru Reserve Forest.

These displaced agrarian people prefer to live by the riverside. They moved to the southern bank of Brahmaputra and came to the forest area surrounded by six rivers Lohit, Dibang and Disang on the north, and Anantanala, Dangori and Dibru on the south.

The problem of the Mising people started in 1999 when the forest was declared as Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, and it made any human habitation inside the protected area illegal.

Since then, five governments of different political parties such as the AGP, the Congress and the BJP have ruled the state but no concrete step was initiated to rehabilitate the ethnic community people.

The Laika-Dadhia Rehabilitation Demand Committee’s chief convenor Minturaaj Morang had earlier told PTI that forced by natural calamities, the villagers tried to move out and settle in other places several times, but had to return on the government promise of proper rehabilitation.

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An attempt was made in 2020 when the Tinsukia district administration identified 320 hectares of land at Ouguri in Lakhipathar area for settlement of the Mising people, but it was later withdrawn after the local Moran community opposed the rehabilitation, Morang said.

AGP MLA Ponakan Baruah wrote to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on May 24, highlighting the plight of these people and pointed out that at least four attempts have been made to relocate the villagers, but none has been successful.

Baruah said the previous BJP government had earmarked Rs 10 crore for the rehabilitation of the forest villagers, but they could not be relocated due to the non-availability of land.

Last year, former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the basis of a committee report, had directed to rehabilitate Dodhia villagers in Lakhimpur and Laika residents in Tinsukia districts. The rehabilitation proposal was sent to the government on January 8 for immediate in-principal approval.

With no rehabilitation programme in sight, the villagers have resorted to protest for years now. More than 2,000 people have been camping at Tinsukia city and holding demonstrations on rotation since December 21 last year to push for their demand.

Armed Robbers open fire in Cachar, 16 injured, shifted to SMCH

At least 16 people were injured in a firing incident at Burunga area in Kalain under Cachar District on Wednesday.

A gang of 20 to 25 armed robbers barged into the residence of one former Army jawan identified as Aji Uddin in the midnight hours and looted gold ornaments and cash rupees worth Rs 1 lakh (approx) at the gunpoint.

The unidentified miscreants then opened fire at the people who came to the rescue of the former army jawan.

Aji Uddin including several other local people received bullet injuries in the firing incident and was shifted to Silchar Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

 The condition of former jawan Aji Uddin was reported critical.

On the other hand, taking the opportunity of the darkness, the armed robbers managed to flee from the spot.

The incident sparked a sensation in the entire Cachar District.

Meanwhile, angry locals protested and blocked the National Highway for several hours.

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Most wanted Rhino Poacher apprehended at Kaziranga

In a major operation, the Biswanath Wildlife Division of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve with help of the Arunachal Pradesh Police Department apprehended one of the most wanted Rhino horn trader/poacher on Friday.

The apprehended poacher was identified as Jobi Gadi alias Autho Gadi of Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the forest department of Assam, he was involved in recent Rhino Poaching at Lokhora Chapori of 6th addition to Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve on April 2019 (ER-01/2019-20) and many more.

Meanwhile, a Non-bailable warrant was issued by the SDJM court, Gohpur too.

The forest team was also supported by Biswanath Civil & Police administration, Rahul Dutta of IRF among others.

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Carcass of female tiger cub recovered at Kaziranga National Park

Tazeng Anti-poaching camp staffs of Kaziranga Range while on regular patrolling have detected a tiger cub carcass on February 2, 2021.

Senior officers, Veterinarians NGO, NTCA, Media and staff visited the place of occurrence and after through Post Mortem and sample collection for further investigation, the carcass was completely burnt.

General observation and Post Mortem reveals multiple puncture marks on the neck and nearby area, broken ribs etc.

The approximate age of the female cub is 4 months.

The cause of death is infighting.

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Strayed adult male Rhino from Kaziranga immobilized and taken to Assam State Zoo

An adult male Rhino that strayed out from the Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve is finally immobilized and taken to Assam State Zoo for observation.

The megaherbivore that moved out of Park on 16th January at Jakahalabandha area of Kaliabor, was successfully guided inside the Park. On 18th the Rhino crossed the River Brahmaputra and travelled to Dighali, Jamuguri and Sootea.

Today on 19th January, the Rhino is successfully immobilized at Bamunipam.

Park Director, P Sivakumar, IFS expressed his gratitude to tolerant and cooperative local people including residents of Bamunipam village, Civil Administration and Police Department of Nagaon, Biswanath and Sonitpur, Biswanath Wildlife Division, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, Sonitpur East (T) Forest Division,  Sonitpur Social Forestry Division, Nameri Tiger Reserve, State Zoo team, Veterinary Doctors (Dr. Samsul, Dr. Debobrata Phukan and Dr. Deepak Sarma) and Shri Kaushik Baruah for their enthusiastic support in the operation.

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Tension grips in Cachar’s North Krishnapur after two parties clash over land dispute

A major clash broke out between two parties over a land dispute triggering tension in the North Krishnapur area under Cachar District on Thursday.

Several people were reported injured in the clash, said sources.

It is to be noted that the trouble broke out between the members of one Ainul Laskar and Taibur Laskar.

Both sides have been claiming ownership over the disputed land for the past couple of years, however, the situation went out of control when the members of both the parties resorted to hitting each other with bamboos, sharp weapons etc, sources informed further.

One house was set on fire during the clash.

Later, the police patrolling team reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

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Bollywood Style Robbery in Cachar

Robbery and snatching cases have become very common in the valley, mainly the district Cachar, the area has turned into a hub for burglars. Every other day an incident of snatching in the broad daylight and robbery in the wee hours are actively taking place in the district.

In yet another robbery incident has been reported at Pangram, Udharbond constituency of Cachar District, a gang of 25 armed miscreants barged into a house and looted Rs 16 lakh in cash along with gold jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees.

It is learned that the gang looted the house of one Enammul Haque Lashkar, a panchayat representative and a contractor of PWD, at the gunpoint.  The robbers attacked all the occupants of the house and fired one round inside the residence.  The adventurous robbery has caused a stir in the area.

Jagdish Das, Additional Superintendent of Police, Cachar, rushed to the spot on hearing of the incident.  Understanding the situation, he stated that the police have already started an investigation into the matter, “All those involved in the robbery would be arrested soon,” said Jagdish Das.

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Parimal Suklabaidya distributes free scooters to girl students in Silchar

Under Assam Govt's Pragyan Bharati Mission, scooters were distributed among the girl students who passed with first division in the Higher Secondary Examination in 2020 at a function held at Silchar Women's College on Sunday.

Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya was present as the chief guest on the occasion along with MLAs of Cachar District from different constituencies and Women's College Principal Monoj Kumar Paul.

Minister Parimal Shuklavaidya further said that under the strong leadership of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health-Education-Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Bishwa Sarma, there has been unprecedented development in the field of education in Assam.

So far 787 female students in the Cachar district received a scooter as an Award on the basis of their meritorious performance in HS examination 2020.

On December 20, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Education Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma launched the flagship scheme at a program in Amingaon in the Kamrup district.

At least 22,245 students are being given scooters in this project of Pragyan Bharati.  The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 144 crore 30 lakh.

During the meeting, Dilip Kumar Paul said that the present government has given much importance to education.  He emphasized the importance of women's education.  Dilip Paul mentioned the various upcoming projects related to education by the State Government. The minister also asked the award-winning students to wear helmets and follow road safety.

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Six arrested for electrocution of two adult female Asian elephants in Assam’s Sivasagar

At least six persons involved in causing the electrocution death of two adult female wild Asian elephants, a Schedule I species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 in Digholdorioli area, Sivasagar has been arrested by the Forest team.

A wildlife case has been booked by Sivasagar Range under Sivasagar Territorial Forest Division against all the six accused of violation of the provisions of the section- 9 R/W section-2 (16) & (35) and section-52 and punishable as per the section-51 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 along with Assam Amendment Act 2009.

The arrested accused caused the death of the two elephants by laying illegal electric fencing around Rabi crops in an illegal cultivation area in Digholdorioli grazing land.

All the six accused persons were apprehended on 26/12/2020 on the day of detection of the Wildlife offence by Forest team from Sivasagar Forest Division and after causing interrogation and investigation the 6 accused persons were arrested on 27/12/2020 at 11.30 am and produced in CJM, Sivasagar and sent to judicial custody.

Material evidence was seized from the field and a preliminary report by Veterinary Officer conducting on spot PM showed signs of electrocution death in both the elephants.

It may be mentioned that the Wildlife (Protection) Assam Amendment Act 2009 provides enhanced punishment as well as penalty and is triable in the Court of Sessions.

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Kaziranga Authorities conduct Health Camp for Departmental Elephants

Kaziranga: A health camp was conducted by the authorities of the Kaziranga National Park for the routine health care of the departmental elephants of the park on Thursday.

A thorough health check-up of the all departmental elephants was carried out by microscopic examination of the faecal samples for the probable parasitic load. Blood samples were collected from selected elephants for routine blood profile and general health check-up. Anthelmintics, liver supportive medicines, Vitamins & mineral supplements and other supportive were distributed among the elephants.

The programme was supported by the director KNP, P Shivakumar, DFO of KNP Rames Kr Gogoi. FVO, KNP namely Dr Bishwajit Boruah & Dr Arindam Pachoni. Range officers of all the ranges Dr Indrani Buragohain RO of Bokakhat range. Veterinarians from CWRC namely Dr Bhaskar Choudhury & Dr Samshul Ali. Along with Dr Jaanmoni Shyam, Dr Debabrata Phukan, Dr Sayed Mehtaz, Dr Dibjyoti Hanse, Dr Phulmoni Gogoi & Dr Pranita Konwar from Department of Animal husbandry & Veterinary. Golaghat.

Notably, Kaziranga National Park has 63 (Sixty three) numbers of camp elephants in various ranges of both Eastern Assam Wildlife Division and Western Assam Wildlife Division as well as in Laokhowa Burhachapori Wildlife Sanctuary. Where Kohora range has 28 numbers, Agoratoli range have 11 numbers, Bagori range have 15 numbers, Burapahar range has 04 numbers, Panpur range has 02 numbers and Laokhowa Burhachapori has got 03 numbers of captive pachyderms. Among which 03 elephants of Kohora range became a mother in this current year.

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