From a Correspondent
JORHAT, May 9: Activists of the All Jorhat District Students’ Union burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Border Areas Development Minister Girindra Mallik in Jorhat on Saturday in protest against the alleged failure of the State Government and the Jorhat district administration to provide respite to all those Assamese people residing alongside the Assam- galand border who were allegedly suffering atrocities of the people of galand backed by armed miscreants and the galand Police.
President and general secretary of the All Jorhat District Students’ Union, Surjyo Kumar Bhuyan and Jul Khound respectively, said: “The situation in the border area is still tense with the gas already occupying vast lands of the three reserve forests and continuing their march forward to occupy Assam’s land step-by-step,and in the process resorting to killing Assamese people and destroying houses and carrying away livestock. Recently the Border Areas Development Minister visited the affected areas only to occupy news headlines but could not provide any solution.”
They further said, “The far-flung border areas have not got the benefits of any government scheme, roads, connectivity, police outpost and permanent office-cum-quarters or additiol deployment of Assam Police Battalion. Recently the Jorhat Police had evicted ga encroachments from the Tiru Reserve Forests but just after two days of the eviction, ga miscreants once again cut tea garden bushes belonging to the Assamese people. Is it really possible for the ga miscreants to indulge in such acts despite the presence of Assam Police and CRPF?”
Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Biren Saikia alleged, “Even though the State Chief Minister is from Jorhat, he has bowed down before the ga miscreants. The very fact that the Tarun Gogoi government has till date failed to appoint a border magistrate in the district proves the inefficiency of the Chief Minister. Moreover, the local MLA too is maintaining silence on the issue,” said Saikia.