KOLKATA: The mega dam logjam refuses to die down with the National Green Tribunal in Kolkata asking for a government affidavit to counter a fresh complaint from Aabhijeet Sharma who questioned three members in the panel of experts set up to study the entire issue. According to Sarma, he explained to court that if the committee is allowed to function all efforts done till date will be in vain.
The Assam Public Work’s chief who move the judicial body based in Kolkata raising objections on the two members said ID Gupta, the seismology is already a consultant of the previous panel which has already submitted his view in favour of the dam. Justice Mr. S. P. Wangdi then asked the Centre to file an affidavit asking “Do you think it is fair to appoint the same person in the 3 member committee.”
The second member in question was PM Scott, the north eastern hydrology expert who is a Central government employee posted in the Central Water Commission who also holds the charge as the Vice Chairman of Bharamaputra Board. The petitioner explained to court that if the committee is allowed to function all efforts done till date will be wasted. After hearing, the court directed the ministry of environment and forest to file an affidavit to counter the allegations against the 3 member committee. The court then fixed March 7, 2018 as the next date of hearing.
Four women were reportedly injured and at least four houses torched after two groups clashed over a land dispute in Machi Block under Tengnoupal Police Station of Tengnoupal district.
The district administration imposed curfew in Machi village and Khudei Khullen following the incident that occurred around 10:30 am. Violent clashes broke out in the area over a piece of land as two groups of the neighbouring villages fought pitched battles, police said.
Unofficial report said tension prevailed in Machi Block following violence over a land dispute in which four villagers were injured and at least 11 houses were burnt down.
The warring groups opened fire at each other. As a result, four persons were injured, sources informed. There was verbal clash and scuffle between the two sides that led to violence.
Manipur police and 18 Assam Rifles personnel have rushed to the area to control the situation. Sources said the situation can easily escalate and get out of control very quickly in the area where security personnel are still deployed.
Those injured were identified as Ch Toda, wife of Matthew of Machi Part-I, P Muishangdar, wife of P Angam of Machi Part-III, K Temuisim, wife of Anga of Machi Part-I but identity of the fourth injured person is yet to be ascertained.
In an order issued by Tengnoupal District Magistrate I Raghumani Singh said a report has been received that a volatile situation is prevailing along the stretch of land area—Khudei Khuman Lamkhai, Kangoi Khullen, Punchong, Chingjarol, Khudei Khuman and land connecting Khudei Khuman or Khudei Khullen of Tengnoupal.
It said such a volatile situation is likely to cause serious breach of peace and disturbances of public tranquillity and therefore the district administration has considered that restriction on movement of men and material in the area would be effective in preventing such disturbances.
It has therefore become expedient to issue a prohibitory order under CrPC for prevenetion of bearch of disturbances of public tranquillity and danger to human lives and properties, the order said.
The order shall not apply to government agencies involved in the enforcement of law and order and other essential services, it said.
Relief materials are pouring in for the refugees who have been rendered homeless during the recent cycle of violence.
The Bodoland University Teachers’ Association distributed relief materials for the refugees at Pakriguri and Ultapani in Kokrajhar on Tuesday.
BUTA members visited relief camps at Pakriguri under Serfanguri police station and Ultapani under Kokrajhar police station and shared their grief apart from distributing relief materials including baby foods, dry food, soap, mustard oil, detergent powder and clothes among inmates.
The association strongly condemned the carnage of Adivasi peoples by NDFB(S) militants and urged the society to stand united against anti-social element and held healthy situation in the region.
The association demanded concrete plan to rehabilitate the affected people and also deployment of sufficient forces for the security of the people and to prevent any further incidents
The Adivasi people in Assam again raised demands before the Centre to accord immediate ST status to help them develop on all fronts.
Submitting a memorandum before the home ministry in New Delhi on Tuesday, the All Adivasi Student Association of Assam said that over the years they have received only assurances and it has yet to be materialized. They said that the ST status should not have any area restriction.
The demand is not new. They were assured of the status before the assembly polls. But that has not happened along with 5 other ethnic tribes.