Assam director general of police Mukesh Sahay and chief secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia visited trouble-torn Silapathar in Dhemaji district on Friday to take stock of the situation.
Tension has gripped the area after Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanvay Samiti (NIBBUSS) activists attacked the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) office in Silapathar.
Informing that Assam police has announced a cash award of Rs 1-lakh for anyone who would provide vital information about the whereabouts of Subodh Biswas, the prime accused in the March 6 Silapathar incident, Mr Sahay said the police has already arrested about 30 accused. “We will nab Subodh Biswas soon,” he said, adding that measures have been taken to stop the situation from escalating; Section 144 has been imposed in Silapathar to maintain law and order. Fourteen companies of the Assam police battalion have also been deployed in Silapathar and several companies of paramilitary forces have been shifted from Jorhat and North Lakhimpur to Silapathar. Meanwhile, AASU staged a state-wide on Friday against the Silapathar violence.
The agitators demanded arrest of Subodh Biswas, president of the Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanvay Samiti (NIBBUSS), for inciting the violence.
The AASU leaders slammed the NDA government for advocating to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus. Senior AASU leaders who led the protest in Guwahati has also warned the state of serious consequences if the police failed to arrest Subodh Biswas. Normal life was affected in Upper Assam where several organisations called for a complete bandh.
Protestors burnt tyres and blocked roads at many places in Dibrugarh, while tension was prevailing in district towns as there were reports of miscreants intimidating residents of retaliatory violence.
By: Manoj Anand
Source: The Asian Age
Bodo groups in Assam, including the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and Bodo People's Front (BPF), are up in arms against the Centre and the state government for being "soft" on illegal migrants from Bangladesh, who they say are swarming Bodo-dominated areas.
ABSU, which has revived its agitation for a separate Bodoland state in October 2016, accuses the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Assam government of adopting a "careless and mild approach" to the fast-rising population of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in their areas.
The BPF, a party in coalition with the state government, maintains that the central leaders are not willing to solve the issue as they do not understand the gravity of the problem.
"Today the situation is such that illegal migrants have encroached not just on our forest lands but also other areas. The BJP state government is extremely careless on the issue. Assam is going to lose everything, as the indigenous Bodo people are facing the threat of major illegal migrants influx," Pramod Bodo, President of ABSU, told IANS.
He said that only Bodos have rights to areas belonging to the community in Assam, and they won't accept any government decision to give land to illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, irrespective of whether they are Muslims or Hindus.
He said the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) have been witnessing a constant rise in the number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants for several years, with the population now standing at nearly 250,000. In 2012, a major riot broke out between the Bodos and Bengali Muslims in BTAD which left over 70 people dead and rendered 400,000 homeless.
BPF, which operates the BTAD, feels that the issue of illegal migrants has turned grave.
BTAD areas include Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Baksha -- a total of 8,969.98 sq km.
"In Assam the problem of illegal immigrants is turning grave. Whichever government has come till now has not shown any interest in dealing with the issue. Our Indian national leaders are not interested. If they were keen then the problem would have been solved much earlier," Biswajit Daimary, a senior leader of BPF and a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, told IANS.
According to Daimary, the central government "does not understand" the problem that rising population of illegal migrants poses in tribal areas of Assam.
"If the central leaders, either the BJP or the former government, had cared to understand the problems of Bodos, then solving them would have become very easy," said Daimary.
According to Assam Police, Bangladeshi immigrants have encroached on the land of Bodos, including reserve forest land.
"There is a huge influx of illegal immigrants in the BTAD areas. In fact, large sections of them have started encroaching on the reserve forest situated in BTAD areas," said a senior Assam Police officer, who did not want to be identified.
Asked why the Police were not evicting illegal migrants from the forest land, the officer said, "There needs to be an order by the government. Until there is an order nothing can be done."
The BJP has, however, denied that it is "soft" on the issue of rising illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Bodo areas or the rest of Assam.
"The Assam government is certainly taking stringent initiatives against illegal immigrants in Assam. There is a legal procedure to identify them and we are doing it. The BJP is not at all soft on the issue of illegal immigrants," Bhabesh Kalita, General Secretary of BJP Assam Pradesh, told IANS.
By: Rupesh Dutta
Source: The Huffington Post(IANS)
The Opposition on Thursday launched a scathing attack at the Sarbananda Sonowal led state government alleging that it has targeted a particular minority community and is carrying out eviction against them.
Congress and AIUDF MLAs alleged that the state government was indifferent in clearing encroachment from reserve forest. Contrary to this, Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that encroachment was at its peak during the previous 15 years Congress regime in the state.
A delegation of Assam Legislative Assembly MLAs on Thursday took stock of the situation aftermath a number of Hindu Bengali refugees vandalized the AASU office at Silapathar in Dhemaji.
The team led by Deputy Speaker Dilip Pal also visited the AASU office. Subsequent to this, the MLA delegation got into a huddle with senior police and district administration officials about the actions taken to prevent a further outburst. The MLAs also appealed everyone to maintain peace in the district.
The ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis Tournament which is currently underway in Assam has put the spotlight on Parikshit Somani who has cruised into the singles semi finals.
The 16-year-old player from Assam beat Himanshu Mor 6-2, 6-0 as he breezed past his opponent to advance into the round of four.
Another player who has booked a semi final berth is wildcard entry Sumitpal Singh who beat Srivatsa Ratakonda in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Assam’s Somani is also in the boys’ doubles semi-finals along with his doubles partner Kabir Manrai.
Somani is seeded first in the tournament and is definitely one to look out for not only in Indian circles but also on an international level.
The Northeast region is definitely not short of athletes and now a class seven student from Maharishi Vidya Mandir Public School has won gold at a recently held Chess tournament.
Akash Sarmah who goes to school in Jorhat won the U-14 category at the National Public School Games which was held in Rajasthan.
This is the third edition of the tournament which was held at Hindustan Cooper Ltd.
The Kolkata-based Eastern Zone Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed an interim order to stop all construction activities of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari in Assam.
NGT said the order came in the wake of a petition (original application No.144/2016/EZ) filed by Sarbeswar Boruah and others challenging the official move to set up the AIIMS at Changsari. The petitioners named the Union of India and others as the respondents. The hearing was held on Wednesday.
The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, Pollution Control Board, Assam, and the Environment and Forest Department appeared before the NGT Bench in connection with the case. However, representatives from state and the Union Government did not appear.
Source: Northeast Today
The cross-border infiltration into Assam from Bangladesh has a sinister aspect with a large number of criminals, including some of the ‘most wanted’ from that country, sneaking into the State clandestinely with visas and other relevant documents to evade arrest. And after entering India, many of these criminals manage to stay on in the country for long periods.
In one such case, Ragib Ali, a ‘most wanted’ criminal in Bangladesh living in Assam for a long time, was on Thursday handed over to Bangladeshi authorities by the Assam Police via the Karimganj border. Ali had officially entered Assam through Karimganj with proper visa and passport.
According to sources, when Ali’s visa expired for the first time, he applied for extension and his visa was extended by the authority concerned. When his visa expired for the second time, he again applied for its extension and subsequently it was extended. Meanwhile, he got himself admitted in a hospital based in Shillong for treatment and while he was in hospital, his visa expired for third time and he again applied for its extension.
Frequent requests by Ali to the authority concerned for extension of his visa term made the Assam Police suspicious and it took up the issue with Dhaka through the Indian government. The Bangladesh government finally informed Assam government that Ali was one of the ‘most wanted’ criminals in that country, involved in crimes related to land grab. Several cases have been registered against him in Bangladesh, according to authorities in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh government also requested New Delhi to arrest Ali and extradite him. Following this request, the Assam Police tactfully detained Ali. The information of his arrest was then communicated to the Bangladesh government, which in turn finally decided to take him into its custody.
On Thursday, Ragib Ali was formally handed over to the Bangladeshi authorities.
Shallow to moderate fog is very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab during next 24 hours.The minimum temperature at night was appreciably to markedly below normal in some parts of Odisha, Saurashtra, Kutch and Vidarbha. It was appreciably below normal in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Gangetic West Bengal, Madhya Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Rayalaseema.It was below normal in some parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, east Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Region, Konkan, Goa, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and north interior Karnataka as well as in remaining parts of Vidarbha. It was appreciably to markedly above normal in some parts of Himachal Pradesh. It was above normal in some parts of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and west Rajasthan. It was normal over the rest of the country. The lowest minimum temperature of 7.1 degree Celsius was recorded at Ahmednagar in Madhya Maharashtra.Rain or thundershowers had occurred at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep during past 24 hoursMainly dry weather prevailed over Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka during the period.
The unending saga in the chapter of the Assam Public Service Commission(APSC) as law enforcement officials carried out nightly raids at the office of the APSC.
With the demonetization which has had a ripple effect on the lives of the common citizen, cleaning up the system seems to be the order of the day for the BJP government.
The police launched out the raids in the presence of Pabitra Kaibarta who was arrested for his involvement in the ‘cash-for-job’ scam during the tenure of corrupt APSC Chairman Rakesh Pal.
Paul’s arrest opened a can of worms leading to two more persons being nabbed — Commission member Samedur Rahman and Assistant Controller of Examinations Pabitra Kaibarta.
Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman Rakesh Paul was on Friday remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a special court in Guwahati.
Paul was arrested on November 4 in connection with an alleged cash-for-job scam and other cases of corruption in the Commission and his 14-day police custody ended on Friday. Special judge A Bhattacharya directed that he be produced on December 3.
The investigating officials refused to divulge any details of the raid which was carried out.