Agartala: A fresh move to rehabilitate 1,235 former militants who surrendered on different times by establishing re-group villages at Kanchanpur sub-division has created serious resentment among the locals as the sub-division is already facing trouble with over 30,000 Reang refugees sheltered in six camps for the last 22 years.
It is learnt that the administration has already identified Rabindra Nagar, Manmanpui and some other places for setting up of regroup villages and the district and sub-divisional administration have already had several rounds of meetings to explore the possibilities.
The sub-division administration identified these areas as large tracts of lands still remains vacant in these areas. Avedananda Baidya, Sib-divisional Magistrate, said they are now surveying the areas for the purpose.
“Surveyors have already visited Pushparam Para, Manmanpui and Rabindra Nagar under Kanchanpur sub-division and Juri under Pani Sagar sub-division. They are supposed to visit some other places,” he said.
According to official sources, a total of 300 acres of land will be required for setting up of regroup villages for the 1,235 surrendered extremist families.
The move has created panic among the local people as they fearing fresh trouble as the sub-division is already overcrowded with more than 30,000 Reang refugees from Mizoram. Their presence in the area is causing pressure on the natural resources and creating law and order problems. On several occasion, there have been reports of clashes with locals.
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