Encroachment of Assam’s land continues in Lakhimpur
LAKHIMPUR: Unabated encroachment of Assam’s land belonging to Lakhimpur district from across the border still continues, ridiculing the existence of the State Government and Lakhimpur district administration.
The aggression of encroachment by some Arunachali people in the Kakoi, Dollung and Ranga Reserve Forests in Lakhimpur district has assumed the new dimension of late under the direct patronization of the government of the neighboring State. Regarding the issue, the strong reaction has prevailed among the people living in the border areas of Lakhimpur due to consecutive violation of the status quo in the Assam-Arunachal border dispute despite which the Assam Government has allegedly shown an unmoved attitude.
After the establishment of residential houses, the establishment of Kakoi Revenue Circle Office under the Arunachal Pradesh Government, school building and the continuation of fish rearing activities by digging several ponds crossing the inter-State borderline, deforestation by cutting trees under the Kakoi reserve forest by the aggressors has been going on unabatedly.
Of late, the Arunachali aggressors have completed the construction of a worship house, named Niyokum Namlo, in the land of Assam at Kakoi Rajgarh Bengali area under Kakoi reserve forest. As per a report, the aggressors conducted the foundation stone-laying program for the construction of the worship house on February 25. After completing the construction of the house, they installed posts to demarcate their boundary proceeding nearer to the Kakoi reserve forest signboard installed by the Department of Forest under the Government of Assam. However, a police team from Lilabari Outpost of Lakhimpur district pulled down the posts which were installed by the encroachers. Despite such circumstances, the Arunachali encroachers spiritedly continued digging ponds in Assam land on the bank of Kakoi River under the said reserve forest till Tuesday. In this regard, the Forest Department of Assam has still not taken any step to prevent the encroachers.
On the other hand, the establishment of a Border Outpost (BOP) at Rupahi Rajgarh under Pothalipam Beat of the Dollung reserve forest is still in deadlock. The people from Arunachal Pradesh have obstructed the Lakhimpur district administration with regard to the establishment of BOP in Assam land, issuing threats of facing extreme situations. Centering around the issue, a tense situation has prevailed in the Rajgarh Rupahi area since February 7.
Notably, the Lakhimpur district administration has made due arrangements to set up the BOP at Rajgarh-Rupahi as a reply to the consecutive demands made by the people living along the Assam-Arunachal border. At present, the district administration has initiated steps to construct the BOP at another place retreating from its previous decision due to the massive opposition from people of Arunachal Pradesh and Dollungmukh Police under the neighboring State.