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SC thrashes Assam govt on detention camp condition

New Delhi:  The BJP-led Assam government was left red faced in the Supreme Court when it apprised the top court of the move to free some of the detention camp inmates identified as immigrants 5 years back.

A division bench of the court presided over by CJI Ranjan Gogoi who took potshot at the government as it was hearing a petition alleging untold torture on the detention camp inmates. 

Gogoi used a number of harsh words on  Chief Secretary Alok Kumar and said he had no rights to continue his post. Then Kumar tendered apology before the court for making such proposal unheard of.

CJI further slammed the government for missing of 5 lakh identified illegal settlers and  the contention that only 5 immigrants have been pushed back.

According to sources,  the Assam government is set to move a fresh affidavit before the top court on this issue. 

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Polling ends peacefully in Mongoldoi

24 Apr 2014 - 6:48pm | AT News

Despite a 40 degree Celsius temperature, polling has ended in Mongoldoi with a heavy turn out of voters on Thursday.

The polling formally closed at 5 in the evening. But voters were seen standing in long queues in front of the polling stations till 6.to cast their votes.

Enthusiasm was noticed among the first time voters in the 18-21 years age group as they lined up in large numbers in 1852 polling booths to decide the fate of 12 candidates. Now all eyes are fixed on May 16.

BJP candidate and sitting MP Ramen Deka is pitted against his Congress rival Kirip Chaliha while AGP candidate and former Congress MP Madhab Rajbanshi has a considerable supporters who is contesting as AGP candidate.

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It is to be mentioned that massive destruction of forests in Darrang and Udalguri districts has compelled a few rare species of birds to take shelter in school and government buildings. Unfortunately people with superstition had been killing or selling the birds unnoticed to authorities. Wild life lovers have raised serious concern over the matter and urged the government to issue direction to all institutions and government offices of the state to keep records of such rare birds so that they could be left undisturbed. People also thanked Moktar and Pradyut Das for rescuing the bird.

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