FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Jorhat, April 21: Congress MLA of Mariayani constituency, Roopjyoti Kurmi on Tuesday said that he and some of the villagers of Rongkham and other villages along the Assam-galand border in Jorhat district have appealed to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to constitute a special bench to speed-up the judicial process on the decade-long border issue which has been sub judice since decades. At a press conference on Tuesday, Kurmi said that he along with several villagers submitted a letter petition to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) for constituting a special bench for the case of the interstate border.
“As the matter has been sub judice since decades, the officials of the State Government refrain from taking proper initiatives to secure life and property of the people. Through the online submission we appealed for introducing a special bench by the Chief Justice of India to expedite the judicial system in the matter,” said Kurmi. Showing the official data of encroachment by ga miscreants in three reserve forests like Desoi Valley Reserved Forest, Desoi Reserved Forest and Tiru Hill Reserved Forest, the MLA said that out of 25,037.146 hectares of land area of the three reserve forests over 18,651.29 hectares had been encroached by ga miscreants. Many representatives of the bordering villages expressed concern over the district administration’s alleged negligence towards the security of life and property and over the fact that police personnel remain mute spectators while armed miscreants physically attacked them and occupied land and property several times in Rongkham and its adjoining areas.
Along with the MLA and the villagers of the affected areas, advocate Sudipta yan Goswami also expressed concern over the problems of the people on Assam’s side of the border and expressed hope that the Apex Court would expedite the judicial process on the border issue.