From our Correspondent
HOWRAGHAT, July 13: Encroachment continues ubated in Karbi Anglong along the Assam-galand border, allegedly by people from galand.
A large number of people from galand are allegedly encroaching hectares and hectares of Assam forest land. New houses are being constructed by cutting jungles at Doldoli forest reserve. To keep smooth connectivity with galand, a number of new roads have also been constructed. Even, electricity connection is provided by the galand government for the convenience of the alleged encroachers, local people said. According to allegation of local people, the matter was appraised to the KAAC authority and district administration several times but no constructive response was received from them. Several civil and student organizations are also visiting the aforesaid area to take note of the situation.
Meanwhile, after visiting places like Lahorijan area under Doldoli Reserve Forest of Karbi Anglong by a delegation of Hill State Democratic Party (HSDC) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), the delegation admitted illegally encroachment of large-scale area of reserve forest land of Karbi Anglong (Assam) by the people from Dimapur town.
The delegation also said that the matter had turned serious as a camp of Indian Reserve Battalion was set up by the galand government on Assam soil. They further said that IRBn camp was set up after removing the inter-State boundary pillars of Assam and galand.
Though a few eviction drives had been carried out earlier by the Karbi Anglong administration but few days later the same was repeated inside the soil of Assam along the Assam and galand border. The civil organizations hence are pressurizing the KAAC authority and the State Government to take up certain steps to counter and stop this continuous illegal encroachment on Assam land.
On February 22 too, a large number of people from galand had entered the area under Daldali Forest reserve and erected a signboard where it was written ‘Government of galand, site for horticulture’. This action was interpreted as encroachment having patroge of the State Government of galand. At that time too, a memorandum was submitted to the then Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi and Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tuliram Ronghang to take up immediate measures to battle illegal encroachment. But this too allegedly evoked no response.
Local people fear that if adequate measures are not taken by the Assam Government in due time then a worse situation might arise.