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Deadline set to shift inmates

Dhubri, Nov. 13: Nearly 22,000 riot-hit people living in camps under Bilasipara subdivision will be shifted to the sheds constructed at Runikhata and Bamunigaon in Dhubri district shortly.

It is expected that all the schools will be reopened for the students within this month and regular classes will resume.

An official source in Bilasipara subdivision said the process of rehabilitation of riot-hit people, which got under way last month, is still continuing in a phased manner.

“Though the process of rehabilitation of all the riot-hit people in BTAD will take some more time, but schools could be opened as all the 22,000 camp inmates now staying there will be shifted to temporary sheds soon,” a source said.

Bilasipara subdivisional officer (civil) J.V.N. Subramaniam said the process was on to rehabilitate the displaced soon but because of some misunderstanding among the inmates, the process was a bit delayed.

“However, now the leaders as well as the subdivisional administration campaigned hard to clear the cloud of confusion among the inmates and now they have understood and willing to go back,” Subramaniam said.

He said all the 22,000 inmates taking shelter in 56 camps would be first shifted to temporary sheds at Bamunigaon and Runikhata shortly and from there further verification and official formalities for rehabilitation and compensation would be carried out.

Official sources said there was confusion when some members of families were shifted while others were left behind, and the latter raised strong objection to it. However, after being pacified and with the launch of an awareness campaign regarding the issue, they understood the technical problems in taking all the members of the same family in one go as members were scattered in various camps, the source said.

The Bilasipara subdivision had 83 camps with 74,602 inmates in July, August and middle of September but rehabilitation has brought down the number to 22,000 inmates at present.