Demand to protect tribal areas

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  • Published 21.06.14

Kokrajhar, June 20: The Janajati Suraksha Mancha has demanded protection of the tribal belts, blocks and tribal sub-plan areas, which have been encroached upon by illegal settlers.

In a press release, the Janajati Suraksha Mancha Kokrajhar district committee said illegal migrants, who are occupying the protected tribal areas, should be evicted.

The demand came after BTC executive member, land and land revenue department, Reo Reoa Narzihary, had revealed the fact in a written reply to a question by council member Pradip Daimary during the BTC summer session on June 10.

Narzihary said more than 3,49,505 bighas of land in tribal belts, blocks and the sub-plan areas have been encroached illegally.

The Mancha urged the governments both at the Centre and state to take strong measures against illegal settlers and migrants and implement the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act, 1886, and which was amended in 1947.

The Janajati Suraksha Mancha, Kokrajhar district general secretary Ashok Kumar Brahma condemned the demand of the All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) for exclusion of villages and dissolution of the BTC administration and review the Bodo Accord.

“The demand for exclusion of villages under Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar district vide case no. 542/2013 by Saiyadur Rahman, 22 villages fall under tribal belts and blocks. Similarly, case no. 904/2013 lodged by Oboro Suraksha Samity in Baksa district, 10 villages are under tribal belts and blocks,” the Mancha said.

Brahma said the demand of AAMSU was “baseless”. The tribal leader said the encroachers have no right to demand dissolution and expulsion of villages under the BTC, which was created for the safeguard of tribals and other indigenous communities.

The AAMSU yesterday staged a demonstration in New Delhi demanding to dissolve the BTC administration and review the Bodo Accord, handling over the law and order to the army.

The union alleged a conspiracy to drive out non-Bodos, particularly Muslims, from the BTAD in a bid to create a Bodo-majority area.

The Mancha, however, said the AAMSU and All BTAD Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) were misusing the term “minority”.