KOKRAJHAR: Forest department officials in Assam opened fire when a six-member was allegedly injured in an attack by a mob attempting to occupy its land in Assam.
According to reports, the incident occurred in Assam's Kokrajhar district at Goraibazar village near Indo-Bhutan Border when forest official opened fire to control the situation.
However, no casualty was reported in the firing incident.
Forest official stated that when they asked the locals to clear the forest area, they refused and attacked the team members leaving six of them injured
Meanwhile, an official vehicle was also damaged in the attack.
Further, the forest department personnel were later forced to opened fire to disperse the mob while a police team also reached the village.
16 persons have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident so far.
Earlier, Cabinet Minister, Chandramohan Patowary's informed the house that Assam's 83,918.7199 hectare of land is currently under possession of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.
Reportedly, Meghalaya occupies 1524.4699 hectares of Assam's land that includes 33.8156 hectares in Goalpara district, 635.847 hectare land in Cachar district, 802.6823 hectares in Kamrup district, 40.6345 hectares in Kamrup(M) district, 0.3505 hectare land in Salmara-Mancachar district, 11.14 hectare in Karbi Anglong district.
Mizoram occupies roughly 1000 hectare land in Hailakandi and 536 hectare land in Karimganj.
On the other hand, the 25 hectare land in Karimganj district is under Tripura's possession.
Another 59,490-hectare land is under the possession of Nagaland that actually belongs to Jorhat (18,908 hectares), Sivasagar (4,288 hectares) and Golaghat (36294 hectare) districts of Assam, the minister added.
In the Assam Assembly Budget Session 2020, it was also brought to light that the Assam government approached the Supreme Court of India 22 years ago about the illegal occupation of Assam's land. Two cases were also registered regarding the same but the cases are still pending.
Assam shares Inter-State boundaries with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and West Bengal covering a length of over 2743.1KM. Since inception, Govt. of Assam has given full concentration towards the development and other issues of the Border areas.
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