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Illegal elephant trade

Elephant was declared the National Heritage Animal in the year 2010, but the condition of elephants -- both wild and captive is miserable. In Assam alone, wild elephants continue to die from poaching, poisoning, electrocution, in trenches of tea gardens and industrial structures, and a mounting number of fatalities on railway tracks. On the other hand, smuggling of captive elephants has taken the form of an industry in the state. The Tinsukia district has become ill-famous for illegal-elephant trade. A racket involved in the capture of sub adult or juvenile elephants for the sole purpose of smuggling has become so strong that they brazenly advertise their “business” under the very nose of the State Forest Department.

This was stated in apress release by Kaziranga Wildlife Society on Monday.

What is more shocking is that the transportation of these elephants by the racketeers is simply unimaginable without the permission of the competent authority! Despite a Supreme Court order of May 4, 2016 that directs that the ‘persons who are in possession of the elephants shall not transfer the elephants outside the State nor shall they part with the elephants by way of their transfer in any manner’, transportation of elephants has continued. “Leased” elephants have never returned to the state. Since 2003, more than 400 elephants have been smuggled out of the state under the nose of the forest department. Local NGOs in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts allege the involvement of forest officials in the illegal trade of elephants.

"We strongly demand the State Forest Department to come out with the present status of all the elephants that were “leased” out to other states in recent years and demand the State Government for instituting a high-level inquiry into this clandestine trade as well as to rethink the “lease” of the mega fauna owing to its precarious position." the release added.

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Round table on human rights

5 May 2016 - 8:46am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The North East Youth Foundation (NEYF) in association with Kokrajhar district committee of All Bodo Students Union(ABSU) organized a round table discussion on human rights at Bishmuri anchalik ABSU office on Wednesday in Kokrajhar to finding out youth perspectives on human rights and how they see among their life.

 The aim of the round table was to find out youth perspectives on human rights  and making awareness about youth as well society, was supported by North East Dialogue Forum.  The discussion was chaired by Nion Mushahary , secretary of Kokrajhar district committee ABSU and moderated by Ranjan Kumar Baruah from NEYF.

Participants have raised different issues related to human rights starting from educational many rights of students, health rights, etc. the main issue of discussion was related to witch hunting in the locality. A college going student was killed on Aprill 22 on suspect of witch practices.  Participants have mentioned that there are   instances but many are not reported.

Baruah has mentioned about Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some of the Constitutional Rights in the country. Nion Mushahary mentioned that community must be sensitized to stop killing people in the name of witch hunting.  Participants have felt that human rights commission must take action as killing people in the name of witch hunting is prominent in the area. Killers and culprits engaged in killing innocent by blaming them as practicing of witch must be punished. Participant also mentioned that innocent people are harassed as the area is affected by conflict and there was also discussion on act like Armed Forces Special Power Act. NEYF has been organising awareness programme amongst youth and would conduct awareness programme in near future related to human rights, Nion Mushahary, secretary, Kokrajhar district ABSU said.

Election office vandalised ahead of BTC election

28 Mar 2015 - 6:08pm | Hantigiri Narzary

As few days has left to the BTC election, violence witnesses within party supporters late last night in Banargaon constituency with two BPF and one BJP election offices vandalised and torched in Kokrajhar district.

BPF election offices at Anthaibil and Belguri village for the candidate of Rajib Brahma were vandalised and torched by unidentified miscreants.The miscreants vandalised the offices and damaged office materials. BPF election office bearers told that unidentified miscreants vandalised and torched the offices at Anthaivil and Belguri under Banargaon constituency late last night and damaged office properties.They informed there were be handi hand from rival parties behind the incidents and FIR has been lodged with police.

The BJP election office at Halangbazar for the candidature of Manoj Kumar Brahma was also vandalised worsely with destroying of banners of the candidates. Party supporters alleged that rival parties were involved with violence and demanded district administration should take stern action against miscreants.

They told that miscreants torned the party banners and bamboo wal of the office taking scope of dark during the night.

The BJP party and party candidate from Banargaon constituency Monoj Kumar Brahma termed the election office vandalising to the saffron party at Halangbazar as undemocratic and lodged complain with police. Brahma expressing serious concern over election office vandalising from rival party and organisations said that it was undemocratic activities taken from rival candidates who have lost faith from publics that's why they are involving in anti-social steps. He said that BJP will be in reign of council with majority supports as his party is winning in large seats in the election. He has said that irrespective of caste, creed and communities are supporting Bjp and their stepping to the council is cent percent clear. While, the BPF has also flayed to the rival parties that miscreants vandalised election offices at Anthaibil and Belguri and accused of Bjp and PCDR were handi hand behind incident.

BPF candidate Rajib Brahma has also accused of that rival parties in the constituency was involved into office vandalising at Anthaibil and Belguri in the coonstituency. He said that rival parties frightening of losing to the seat created resented among voters and torched the election office.

16 injured at Kokrajhar road mishap

25 Sep 2017 - 12:46pm | AT News

At least 16 passengers sustained serious injuries when  the bus in which they were travelling met with a road mishap in Kokrajhar district on Sunday.

The mishap took place at New Amguri in Kokrajhar at night as the omini bus bearing registration AML 1646  bound for Kokrajhar from Bongaigaon.

Local residents came out to the rescue of the passengers and rushed the injured  to the Kokrajhar RNB civil hospital. One of them has been refered to Bongaigaon Lower Assam hospital in  critical condition.

Some of injured have been identified as Kanjita Brahma, Joleswari Brahma, Himamoni Singha, Silang bala Ray, Prativa Ray, Gunaisri Basumatary, Ali Basumatary,Shewtani Brahma.