There seems to be some let up in the overall situation in Goalpara. Indefinite curfew in Krishnai and Mornoi areas of the district was relaxed on Friday with no fresh incidents reported from the district where counting of panchayat election votes took place.
Curfew was relaxed from 6 AM to 8 PM even as the Army deployed since the panchayat poll day on February 12 was carrying out flag marches in the sensitive areas of the district.
The situation in the district turned violent on poll day with 20 people killed in police firing, arson and clashes.
The RHJAC has been demanding holding of the RHAC polls ahead of the panchayat hustings as the village and panchayat committees would undermine the authority of the Autonomous Council.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the state government would recommend a CBI enquiry into the incidents.
3 Mar 2009 - 9:26pm | Jayanta Kumar Das
The story of a widow and mother of two children, Pratima Hazarika,wife of late Haren Hazarika, who had been serving as an MR worker in the Dhansri Irrigation Office, Bhairabkunda, has revealed live examples of non utilization of public money.It has also revealed how anti social elements with direct patronage of the government officials have been cheating innocent villagers. According to the widow, an original resident of village Bagichachuba, in the district of Udalguri, she was granted an amount of Rs.10,000 as widow pension in 2008 after the death of her husband.The concerned officials did not care to inform her of the pension; rather they just wanted to eat up the amount themselves. When (though late)she had gone to BDO’s office, Kalaigaon in July 2008 to collect the cheque, Upen Deka,an employee of Kalaigaon Bolck Dev. office told her that the cheque had already been issued to her. The poor widow was surprised when she knew that the amount too had been withdrawn from the SB account of the bank, (which was opened in her name). The villagers of her original residence informed her that government Gaonbuirah of Bagichachuba, Purna Baro and his wife had identified Anima Baro, another woman as Pratima Hazarika at the BDO’s office, collected the cheque successfully, opened bank SB accounts and withdrew the whole amount,
In the mean time the imposter lady,Anima Baro got angry with the Gaonburah (when she was paid an amount of Rs.150 only) and revealed the matter to the villagers in a public meeting.On the otherhand when Pratima Hazarika met the Gaonburah, he demanded Rs.5000 as bribe from her. Finding no way, Pratima Hazarika filed a petition to the Circle Officer, Kalaigaon seeking justice.
The incident has raised several issues. Firstly how could the cheque be issued to an imposter? Secondly, why did the bank authority did not verify the identity of the imposter? But the most urgent task now is to do justice to the widow and to punish the culprits.
Independent candidate Manaranjan Daslead an auto rickshaw cum bike rally at Bajali subdivision in Barpeta district on Saturday. About 200 bikes and 100 auto rickshaws alongwith his supporters participated in the rally. The rally covered about 35 kilometers. Das provided free petrol to ply the vehicles during in the rally and expects to win with maximum votes.
It is to be noted that Das is a former BJP MLA. This year due to party politics he was denied a BJP ticket from the 42 Patacharkuchi constituency, the reason he decided to contest as an independent candicate from the area.
Kokrajhar: Security forces apprehended an NDFB-S rebel along with three linkmen from Kalbari near Salbari in Baksa district on Friday.
Acting on an input about presence about militant cadres along the Kalbari area in Baksa district, a joint team of army and police launched a search operation where the rebel was apprehend along with three linkmen and recovered arms from their possession.
The rebel was identified as Erenga Kampa alis B Bwrai. The linkmen are Deepok Basumatary, Lahit Goyary and Bikrom Brahma.
A pistol, seven rounds of ammunition and three handmade grenades were recovered from their possession.