Elephant found dead, rhino injured in Assam

While the female elephant was found dead in Tinsukia district, a rhino was injured after being knocked down by a vehicle on the animal corridor at Kaziranga National Park

Guwahati: The carcass of an adult elephant was found in Assam’s Tinsukia district, while a rhino was injured after being knocked down by a vehicle on the animal corridor in Kaziranga National Park, forest officials said on Friday.

The female elephant, aged about 30 years, was found dead in Sadia Range under Doomdooma Division on Friday and it is suspected that she was electrocuted to death.

On receiving information, forest personnel along with veterinary doctors rushed to the site and a post mortem of the animal is being conducted.

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.

2 Arrested For Grenade Blast In Assam's Tinsukia, Police Point At ULFA Role

Twenty-five-year-old Sanjit Singh and 22-year-old Surajit Talukdar, both residents of Tingrai, were killed in the incident

Police have recovered a motorcycle from the accused, Ranjit Changmai and Hiren Gogoi

Guwahati: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the May 14 grenade blast at a market in Assam's Tinsukia district that left two persons dead.

The accused have been identified as Ranjit Changmai and Hiren Gogoi alias Munu.

The district's newly appointed Superintendent of Police Debojit Deori confirmed the arrests. "Right now, I cannot say anything about the case because our interrogation is on," he added.

Police have also recovered a motorcycle from the accused.

Two persons were killed when a grenade was thrown in front of a hardware shop at Tingrai market in Tinsukia's Digboi police station area. Two others were seriously injured in the attack by two men on a motorcycle.

Twenty-five-year-old Sanjit Singh and 22-year-old Surajit Talukdar, both residents of Tingrai, were killed in the incident.

Following the blast, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called up Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had assured him swift police action in the matter.

Earlier, police arrested one Dipen Saikia from Tamuli Bongaon in Digboi for alleged involvement in the blast. It is alleged that Saikia helped the bikers with the logistics.

Special DGP, Assam Police, G P Singh tweeted, "Both the accused involved in Tingrai grenade blast have been apprehended. The motorcycle used has also been recovered. @CMOfficeAssam @himantabiswa @assampolice @DGPAssamPolice Good work Team @TinsukiaPolice"

He added, "The blast was carried out at directions of Senior ULFA leaders based outside Assam."

Insurgent outfit ULFA(I), known to be active in the area, has denied its involvement in the blast.

The state government has announced a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh for the families of each of the victims. The Chief Minister visited the blast site the day after the incident and strongly condemned the act. Mr Sarma also visited the residence of Surajit Talukdar where he assured stern action against the culprits.

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Bajrang Dal’s Open movement in town with swords and axes terrorize Tinsukians

Guwahati: Tinsukia citizens vehemently condemned the open movement of the saffron outfit, Bajrang Dal flaunting swords and axes in the town on Tuesday.

A group of 70 to 80 people took out a bike rally on the occasion of ‘Ashtra Poojan’.

The rally was taken from Thana Chariali towards Hijuguri in Tinsukia Town defying prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC.

Midway through the rally, the local public and police authorities got together to intercept the flurry of motorcycles. Some of the riders were also thrashed as an altercation took place between the locals and the people participating in the rally.

Speaking to Midage, Tinsukia Sadar Police Station, the officer in charge, Nitul Das said, “We have no idea for what reasons they have come out together and carried out this bike rally in the midst of the Tinsukia town. Moreover, they didn’t take any permission for conducting this rally. This was a pre-planned activity and therefore, we have detained them for interrogation and also seized few two-wheeler vehicles. Entire Tinsukia people have condemned this activity.”

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Tea Garden Labourer injured after being hit by Himanta’s Convoy in Doomdooma

Guwahati: A tea garden labourer near Bisakopi Tea Estate factory in Doomdooma area of Tinsukia District was injured after being allegedly hit by Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s convoy during the morning hours on Wednesday.

As per media reports, the Minister’s convoy was heading towards Sadia from Tinsukia.

The injured labourer identified as Sukra Munda was immediately rushed to Dibrugarh for better treatment, later he was shifted to Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH).

Meanwhile, a family member of the injured person had urged for financial support from the Government of Assam.

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Tinsukia scribe found dead at his office; coal mafia suspected behind death

Tinsukia: A journo of a web portal was found dead at Tinsukia's Naupukhuri on Saturday morning.

The journalist identified as Bijendeep was found lying at his own office today. His body was found with multiple injuries on his head and face.

Following the incident, Tinsukia police have reached the spot and started an investigation in connection to the matter.

Speculations are being made about the involvement of Coal Mafias in this incident.

Speaking to Midage Media, a Police source said, “A team of the police force has reached the spot and are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. The body of the journalist has been sent for post mortem,”

Meanwhile, the Journalist Association of Assam has condemned the brutal incident.

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Tinsukia and Makum Municipal areas to go under strict lockdown for next one week

Tinsukia: Amid the rising cases of COVID-19, the areas covered under Tinsukia Municipal board and Makum Municipal Board to go under strict lockdown for the next one week.

As directed by the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia, DIPRO, in-charge has informed that the areas covered under the Tinsukia Municipal board and Makum Municipal Board will be under strict lockdown from 6 pm of 5.8.2020 till 6 pm of 11.8.2020 as per COVID 19 norms.

The notification further stated that all the essential services within the mentioned areas will remain unhindered during this lockdown period.

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IED recovered in Tinsukia’s Lekhapani, Bomb Squad in Action

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Digboi: Amidst the pandemic scare in the state, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered at Lekhapani area in Tinsukia district on Thursday morning.

The explosive was found hanging to a bridge in a plastic bag.

Soon after the recovery of the IED, security forces have sealed the NH315 towards Lekhapani.

As per sources, based on a tip-off, the security forces have launched an operation in the area since Wednesday mid-night and recovered the IED in the wee hours on Thursday.

Panic ran high among the local people following the recovery of the IED in the area.

So far it has not been ascertained as to who planted the IED bomb in the area. However, the investigation is on.

Meanwhile, a team of bomb disposal squad reached the spot and blasted the explosive.

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SMSS forms Human Chain in Digboi, demands treatment for Akhil Gogoi

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Digboi: The Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) Digboi Unit formed the human chain this morning demanding proper treatment and unconditional release of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and other members.

On Tuesday, several protesters formed a human chain and submitted a memorandum to the sub-divisional officer of Margherita through Digboi police station officer-in-charge Nikunja Barman.

The protest was joined by several other Akhil Gogoi supporters and well-wishers from the Digboi Township.

As per media reports, Gogoi is unwell since the 2nd of July. Moreover, Gogoi himself stated about his health condition while he was presented before the court through video conferencing earlier on Monday. He complained of fever, cough and headache - all COVID-19 symptoms - and expressed worry about being infected by coronavirus. Gogoi also informed the court about student leader Bitu Sonowal’s deteriorating health. This has raised eyebrows not just among his well-wishers but also among the political fraternity.

On the other hand, Citing the COVID pandemic as an excuse, the Central Jail administration has prevented Akhil Gogoi’s family and well-wishers from meeting him for the last 3 months. Even his wife’s request to meet him in jail was denied.

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