Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Serious threat to Assam by Naga, Bangladeshi encroachers

JORHAT, Aug 26: The bordering areas of Golaghat district comprising Naujan, Sungajan, Merapani, Bidyapur, Dayalpur, Gelajan, Rajapukhuri, Dalanipathar etc under Sarupathar subdivision have been completely encroached by the Naga and Bangladeshi nationals. Besides Naga encroachers, illegal Bangladeshi immigrants have posed a major threat to the Asomiya people residing in these areas.

Although the Asom Government has four sectors — A, B, C, D — in the vicinity, Sector A covering 17,000 hectares of land is completely under encroachment and over 80 per cent of the other three sectors are under the occupation of illegal immigrants. As a matter of fact, the Nagas and the Bangladeshis have carried out construction activities in these areas without any permission from the Asom Government. According to sources, the Naga encroachers bring Bangladeshis through Dimapur and Bokajan railway stations in order to engage them in construction and cultivation works in both banks of the Doyang river. This is a familiar scene along the Asom-Nagaland border in Golaghat district.

A seven-member representative group of the Assam Assembly led by Robin Bordoloi recently visited the development projects along the Asom-Nagaland border. MLAs Nurul Hussain, Pradip Hazarika, Keshab Mahanta, Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Bhuban Pegu and Binod Gowala accompanied Bordoloi. It is to be seen if the MLAs disclose the fact in the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

Speaking to The Sentinel, MLA Binod Gowala said, “We have presented the problems of the border areas in the Assam Assembly at different times, but the Government is yet to take action. The Nagas have already built a road from Purana Bazzar to Sungajan in Sector A. Despite this, the Asom Government has failed to take any action against such activities’’. Meanwhile, the Bangladeshis have been shifting to other districts of the State via Nagaon by taking advantage of the two regular buses between Uriamghat and Mairabari, Gowala said. THE SENTINEL

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