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Amri Karbi bodies threaten stir over rehab issue

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JORABAT, Dec 4 - A meeting of six Amri Karbi bodies held today at Sonapur opposed the decision of the State Forest Minister to rehabilitate the families evicted from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Dimoria.

The six Amri Karbi organisations condemned the decision of the Government of Assam and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma to rehabilitate 200 families evicted from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary at East-Ampri in Tegharia area near Sonapur.

They said the land where the government wants to rehabilitate the evicted families belongs to the local tribal people as it is in their possession since Independence. They alleged that despite demands by the local people for a long time, the government has not converted the occupied land into miyadi in their favour. �So, we will never allow others to settle here,� they said.

Leaders of the organisations said that on December 7 a protest rally would be taken out from Samata to Sonapur Circle Office, where a memorandum would be submitted to the Circle Officer. They also threatened to organise a massive agitation in the coming days, besides blockade of NH-37 on December 13, if their voice is not heard.

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Amri Karbi bodies threaten stir over rehab issue

JORABAT, Dec 4 - A meeting of six Amri Karbi bodies held today at Sonapur opposed the decision of the State Forest Minister to rehabilitate the families evicted from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Dimoria.

The six Amri Karbi organisations condemned the decision of the Government of Assam and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma to rehabilitate 200 families evicted from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary at East-Ampri in Tegharia area near Sonapur.

They said the land where the government wants to rehabilitate the evicted families belongs to the local tribal people as it is in their possession since Independence. They alleged that despite demands by the local people for a long time, the government has not converted the occupied land into miyadi in their favour. �So, we will never allow others to settle here,� they said.

Leaders of the organisations said that on December 7 a protest rally would be taken out from Samata to Sonapur Circle Office, where a memorandum would be submitted to the Circle Officer. They also threatened to organise a massive agitation in the coming days, besides blockade of NH-37 on December 13, if their voice is not heard.

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