Biswanath Chariali: The people of Dullungmukh, Nagabil, Helem Sapori, Sirajuli, Uttar Karibil, Karibil Kochari, Karibil Nepali and Bheluadanga under Helem Revenue Circle in Biswanath district have alleged that the Singlijan Reserve Forest, which is situated in the northern part along the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, will become a human habitant as many people from Arunachal Pradesh are destroying the reserve forest and occupying land starting from Dullungmukh under Karibil GP in Helem Revenue Circle. At the same time, many valuable trees are being cut down.
The encroachers have already planted rubber plants and used a lot of land for mustard seed cultivation. This Singlijan Reserve Forest is known as a wild elephant habitant area according to the Assam Forest Act 23, 24 and 25 of 1891, as mentioned in the signboard. In a petition sent to the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (T), Upper Assam Zone, Guwahati and signed by Renu Bhorali, member of Zila Parishad, Helem-B, Devoka Devi, president of Karibil GP, Kretofil Bhengra, secretary of DCDP, Bheluadanga and more than hundred people of the locality, it was alleged that several petitions had been submitted to the department concerned, Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur district and the Chief Minister of Assam through SDO (Civil) Gohpur since 2007 regarding this illegal occupation inside the reserve forest. This illegal encroachment has also been focused through the media but so far no positive result has been seen. Day after day many houses are being built inside the forest area and a big rubber plantation can also be seen inside the forest.
Recently the Range Officer of Borgang Range visited inside the Singlijan Reserve Forest area along with the forest guards and local police and saw that valuable trees had been cut inside the forest in the Dullungmukh area. Such anti-social activities also took place during the lockdown period.
The petitioners of the surrounding villages have urged the APCCF to look into the matter and take steps for protection and revival with aforestation of Singlijan Reserve Forest.