Assam: Rs 116 crore approved for building mini sec. in Barak Valley

People of three districts - Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi- will also save time for their official works as they will not require to come to Guwahati for the same.

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said his government has sanctioned Rs 116 crore for construction of the mini secretariat of Barak Valley at Silchar, which is expected to be completed within three years.

He went to the construction site on the first of his two-day visit to the valley and said it will help in disposing of the administrative works.

People of three districts – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi- will also save time for their official works as they will not require to come to Guwahati for the same.

The mini secretariat will also help implement various government schemes and programmes without any delay, Sarma said.

Sarma also reviewed the construction work of Silchar bypass connecting Silchar-Aizawl (NH 306) and Silchar-Karimganj (NH 37) and directed the officials concerned to complete the project soon in the interest of people of Barak valley.

The chief minister laid the foundation stone of a multi-utility building of Red Cross Society, Silchar.

The state government has already allotted Rs 50 lakh for the project and another Rs 50 lakh would be provided on receipt of utilisation certificate of the sanctioned amount, he said.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, robust healthcare infrastructure is important and the state must remain prepared for future challenges, Sarma said.

Earlier on his arrival at Silchar, the chief minister paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Rangpur and recalled the late leader’s role in the welfare of all sections of people.

Arrested Rohingya woman delivers baby by C-section in Karimganj Assam

The woman identified as Rasida Begum and her husband Muhammad Alam along with their family members were arrested on December 28, 2020.

Karimganj: A 34-year-old Rohingya woman, a Bangladeshi arrested for illegally entering Assam, gave birth to a baby girl by caesarean section (C-section) in a state-run hospital in Karimganj district, an official said on Saturday.

The woman identified as Rasida Begum and her husband Muhammad Alam along with their family members were arrested on December 28, 2020. They are Rohingya Muslims and were residents of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. They are currently lodged in Karimganj District Jail.

“Rasida Begum gave birth to a girl child at the Karimganj Civil Hospital last night. The child weighed 3.5 kg. As of now, both mother and daughter are in healthy condition,” Karimganj District Jail Superintendent Sanjib Kumar Chetia said.

Several detained illegal immigrants had given birth to babies in the jail, but this is the first instance of caesarean delivery of an inmate, he said.

She was pregnant at the time of her arrest at Churiabari in the district.

“As Rasida’s health condition started deteriorating due to pregnancy, she was admitted to the hospital three days back,” Chetia said.

Altogether 42 illegal immigrants from various countries are currently lodged in Karimganj District Jail and 14 of them are Rohingyas, he said.

Magisterial probe ordered into Assam EVM row

Karimganj/Hailakandi (Assam), Apr 3 

A magisterial probe has been ordered to determine why a polling team in Assam carried an EVM in a vehicle owned by the wife of a BJP candidate, officials said on Saturday.

Karimganj District Deputy Superintendent Anbamuthan MP issued an order on Friday night to probe the incident, which has snowballed into a huge controversy amid the ongoing Assam assembly elections, the last phase of which is slated for Tuesday.

Additional District Magistrate Rajeshan Terang has been asked to conduct the enquiry and submit a detailed report within three days.

"... This incident posed a threat to security of the polled EVMs and has an adverse effect on the law and order situation," the order said.

The probe will also find out the circumstances leading to the poll party travelling in a private vehicle, and ascertain whether there was any lapse or conspiracy on the part of the authorities.

Violence had broken out on the outskirts of Karimganj town on Thursday night after a crowd spotted a BJP candidate's vehicle being used to transport a polled EVM to the strong room, prompting the police to fire in the air to bring the situation under control.

The poll team from Ratabari constituency claimed that its official vehicle broke down midway, forcing them to ask for a lift from a passing vehicle, which turned out to be that of the wife of BJP's Patharkandi candidate.

Sitting MLA Krishnendu Paul is the BJP candidate from the Patharkandi seat, while Ratabari is currently represented by his party MLA Bijoy Malakar, who is contesting the election as well.

Ratabari and Patharkandi constituencies went to the polls in the second phase on Thursday.

The Election Commission has suspended four election officials and ordered repolling at the booth.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also sought an inquiry by the commission.

Meanwhile, police arrested at least six persons for allegedly live streaming the violence that had erupted after the incident, and inciting the mob to attack the private vehicle in which the poll party was travelling with three units of the EVM from 149 Indira MV School in Ratabari.

"We are identifying the people who were seen attacking the vehicle in the videos... more arrests are likely," a senior police official said.

Opposition Congress and the AIUDF have slammed the authorities for the incident, and alleged that the EVM was being "stolen".

Demanding an explanation and immediate action, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora said the party will consider boycotting the election if "this open loot and rigging of EVMs" does not stop immediately.

‘Congress lacks leadership, policies, and ideology’: PM Modi in Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Congress has become so weak that it can go to any extent and partner anyone.

“The Congress does neither have a ‘neta’ (leader) nor ‘niti’ (policy) and ideology. It has aligned with the Left in West Bengal but is grappling with it in Kerala. It attacks a party in one state but embraces it in another state,” Modi said at a rally at Karimganj in poll-bound Assam’s Barak Valley.

“The Congress has become so weak that it can go to any level and join hands with anyone. The entire country is watching it,” the PM said.

He continued, “The Congress has aligned with a party whose politics its (Congress’) workers have been fighting against for decades. Betraying people for the sake of votes is in its character.”

His attack was directed at the minority-based All India United Democratic Front, which is a component of a Congress-led and ten-party grand alliance of Opposition. It was formed to avoid the split of votes and thus, oust the BJP from power.

Stating that the Congress’ confusion is in every direction, the PM asked the voters how a party that lacks stable thinking would give Assam a stable government.

He said the Congress’ alleged indulgence in corruption, its vote-bank politics, and faulty policies disconnected Assam from the rest of the country and damaged it socially, culturally, geographically, and politically.

He asserted that the BJP-led Central government was making the Northeast the country’s development hub with Assam as the main stakeholder. He said the Central and state governments would together make Assam an Atmanirbhar state.

The PM said the Barak Valley was once rich in tea and petroleum products but the Congress destroyed the resources. Karimganj, Cachar, and Hailakandi districts make up the Bengali-majority valley.

Uproar outside Panchayat Office in Karimganj’s Ratabari

A heated situation has arisen at the Ratabari Gaon Panchayat office in Karimganj this morning.

In an incident, a scuffle broke out between the complainants and the forces of the accused involved in the alleged 2 crore rupees Panchayat scam.

As per sources, Panchayat President Nurul Islam has been accused of misappropriating government funds for a long time now.

According to the complainants, the investigating officer along with the president of the Panchayat Nurul Islam, who is accused of alleged mysterious reasons, appeared before the panchayat office. The situation escalated when President Nurul Islam's forces launched an attack on all the complainants at a time when all the complainants were trying to find out information on all the scandals facing the subject to be investigated.

In such a case, the investigating officer, Asst Secy H. A Lashkar leaves the place. The complainants then staged a protest in front of the panchayat office, further aggravating the situation.

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Man hacks old woman to death with axe in Karimganj, Arrested

By Rahul Paul

In a horrific carnage in Assam’s Karimganj district, an old woman dies after being hit by an axe by a tribal youth over a land dispute.

Suniti Bala Das, an old woman, died after being hit by an axe by a 24-year-old man identified as Ringjharhing Halam.

The incident took place on Thursday in Manikband area under Bazarichara police station on the Assam-Mizoram border in Karimganj.

It is learned that the land dispute between the family of the old woman and the family of Ringjharhing had been going on for a long time.

Police informed that Ringjharhing went to cut bamboos in the disputed land while the old woman was trying to stop him from cutting the bamboos when a scuffle broke out between the two and Ringzharhing hit the woman on her head with an axe.

The body of the deceased lady has been sent for post mortem by Karimganj police.

Meanwhile, the killer Ringzharhing, has surrendered before the police.

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Illegal Teak Sawn Timbers worth Rs 1.2 lakh seized in Karimganj

Karimganj: A small pickup truck loaded with 33 pieces of Fanta size teak sawn timbers along with two no's motorcycle seized at about 2.30 am (midnight) on Thursday during transportation from the RF area of Khulicherra under Longai Beat in Karimganj District.

As informed by the forest department, the seized DI vehicle and two no's motorcycle and sawn timbers were kept under Range office custody at Lowairpoa.

The volume of seized timber is 2.467 Cm.

The market value of seized timber is suspected to be around Rs 1,20,000.

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Locals wearing PPE kits complete final rites of COVID patient in Karimganj

It was alleged that the cremation of the COVID patient was not carried out properly by the authorities

Karimganj: Amid the COVID situation in the state, a shocking incident has come to light in Karimganj where a body of a COVID-19 positive patient was reportedly not cremated properly, thus, hurting the sentiments of a section of a community.

The body was later cremated by the local people for the second time.

As per reports, one Subir Das of Azadsagar Road from Karimganj reportedly succumbed to death due to COVID-19 at Silchar Medical College Hospital (SMCH). His body was later sent back to Karimganj and his final rites were performed as per the COVID norms at Longai cremation ground.

However, local people in the area claimed that his body was found to be partially burned.

Later, local people including one social worker Sujan Deb Roy from Karimganj jointly cremated the body by wearing PPE kits.

Speaking to the media in this regard, Social worker Sujan said, “As per the COVID protocols, this was the duty of the district administration to look after the creation of the COVID patient, this is an irresponsible act, we are shocked, such kind of activities hurt our sentiments.”

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Three Suspected Bangladeshi Migrants lynched to death in Karimganj

Karimganj: Three suspected Bangladeshi migrants have been brutally lynched to death at Bubrighat Tea Estate in Patharkandi under Karimganj District on Sunday. The entire incident sparked a sensation in the area.

Following the incident, Police reached the spot and have conducted a preliminary investigation into the matter.

Police also recovered several suspicious items with links from Bangladesh.

The identities of the deceased people have not been ascertained yet. Further investigations are on.

A similar kind of incident was earlier reported from Putni Tea Estate where a suspected cattle smuggler from Bangladesh was lynched to death by a mob.

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Secondary contact of Nizamuddin Markaz attendee tests Covid 19 positive in Karimganj

Guwahati: A person from Karimganj secondary contact of a Nizamuddin Markaz attendee has tested positive for COVID 19 this evening.

As per sources, the person was identified as Nazrul. He was kept under self-quarantine soon after his return from New Delhi.

With this report, the total COVID19 patients in Assam now stand at 42. (29 are discharged, 1 death, so active hospital cases 12.)

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also took to twitter to inform “Alert ~ One person from Karimganj, secondary contact of a #NizamuddinMarkaz attendee has tested positive for #COVID19. Total #COVID19 patients in Assam now stands at 42. (29 are discharged, 1 death, so active hospital cases 12.)”.

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