Caught in an escalating protest against killing of Syed Farid Khan in Dimapur on Friday, Nagaland on Sunday blocked SMS and internet to disallow violence from spreading in the interstate border.
Official sources told Assam Times that the SMS and internet services have been blocked for 36 hours. They observed that SMS and internet have been fuelling the agitation in the Assam-Nagaland interstate border areas.
The SMS and internet would resume only at 6 in the evening on Monday. If need be, the authority would extend the period, they said.
Guwahati police on Friday afternoon brought the four accused in the Azara case to the Panbazar police to intensify the probe into it. They were brought to the police station after a priliminary medical. Marathon interrogation is going on. All of them would be produced before the chief judicial magistrate seeking police remand. According to source, the accused confessed to have gangraped the two girls at a house on October 22.
Chief Executive Member, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council Debojeet Thaosen inaugurated the newly constructed office building of Divisional Forest Officer, Dima Hasao Forest Division (East) at Haflong on Thursday.
Thaosen was accompanied by the Chairman, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council Sri Ngamrothang Hmar, Additional Principal Conservator of Forest Sri Bikash Brahma, IFS, Principal Secretary, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council Sri Sunil Nunisa, Former Executive Member, Sri Bijoyendra Sengyung.
The inaugural function was attended by DFO, Dima Hasao Forest Division (West) Sri J N Hazarika, DFO, Dima Hasao Forest Division (East) i/c H. Bathari and other forest officials.
This was followed by planting saplings by CEM, Chairman, Former EM and Addl. PCCF in the office campus.
It is learnt that earlier there was a single Forest Division named N C Hills Forest Division which used to control the entire district, but for the smooth administration this was bifurcated into two division named Dima Hasao Forest Division (West) and Dima Hasao Forest Division (East) with two separate DFOs.
Hiranmay Bathari, DFO i/c Dima Hasao Forest Division (East) talking to this correspondent said the office was earlier functioning from the office of the then CCF office but now with inauguration of this office today the division has got its own office. He appreciated the CEM and the Addl. PCCF for their initiatives for which, the division has got its own office at Haflong, Obviously, this would help the aspiration of the people of the district to great extend.
One month has passed since the management has locked out the Borgaon Tea Estate in Biswanath district allowing 70 workers and their family members to languish in dying agony.
Despite repeated appeal, the management is allegedly not in a mood to withdraw the lock out. Even the intervention of the administration has failed to end the logjam.
Caught in confusion, the workers sent a memorandum to additional chief secretary through the local BDO demanding on July 24 demanding immediate intervention. But the deadlock exists.
The workers have alleged that the management signed a tripartite pact with the workers and labour department last year. But not even a single demand has so far been implemented forcing yet another strike.
The workers have alleged that the management has not been resorting autocratic style of functionjngs much to their major inconvenience. Some of the employees have been sacked bereft of any valid ground.
They alleged that the situation in the tea estate was not do uneasy to have announced lock out. They called it a conspiracy to deprieve the workers of some basic amenities' and facilities.
The workers openly expressed grave concern over the lackadaisical attitude of the labour department saying that it department has been failing to deal with the situation.
If any untoward incident takes place then the labour department would be responsible for it.