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�Betrayed� Amri-Karbi bodies to lock Sonapur circle office soon

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JORABAT, June 18 - The six Amri-Karbi tribal organisations who are leaving no stone unturned to stop the government from setting up an Assam Rifles (AR) camp on residential-cum-agricultural land in a tribal belt area at Sonapur, now plan to lock up the Sonapur circle office.

Following the long impasse prevailing across Dimoria region over acquisition of 144 bighas and 19 lechas of tribal belt land in Domorapathar village under Sonapur circle office to set up an Assam Rifles camp, representatives of the six Amri-Karbi tribal organisations met local MLA Atul Bora and the Deputy Commissioner on Monday.

During the meeting MLA Bora assured the Amri-Karbi leaders that he would give his hundred per cent to safeguard the rights of the tribal people by taking the issue to the higher authorities, informed Ramen Kathar, general secretary of the Amri-Karbi Students� Union.

It may be recalled that the Amri-Karbi organisations have been protesting for over six months now against the government move to set up the AR camp on the tribal land, but all that they have got is disappointment.

The aggrieved Amri-Karbi bodies now plan to lock up the Sonapur circle office soon as they feel that the administration has failed to safeguard the rights of the tribals.

Kathar, while talking to The Assam Tribune, also alleged that the Sonapur Circle Officer had betrayed them by providing false updates on the issue of the proposed AR camp.

�The Sonapur Circle Officer had informed us earlier this year that the land was transferred to the Assam Rifles way back in 2016 and that there was no point protesting now. But during our meeting with the DC on Monday, we were informed that the said land was transferred to the Assam Rifles only in March this year. The tribals of the region have been betrayed,� an anguished Kathar said.

Commenting on their next step, leaders of the six Amri-Karbi organisations said that they would not back out on the issue, adding that safeguarding the rights of their tribal brethren is their main focus.

Giving the latest update on the issue, Kathar said that a delegation consisting of a few leaders of the Amri-Karbi organisations was called by the CID today vis-a-vis the AR camp issue. The delegation is learnt to have provided the CID with all information right from the beginning. The tribal leaders also told the CID about an alleged nexus between middlemen and a few government officials who are minting money through underhand dealings.

The Amri-Karbi organisations have urged the government to safeguard the rights of the tribals.

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�Betrayed� Amri-Karbi bodies to lock Sonapur circle office soon

JORABAT, June 18 - The six Amri-Karbi tribal organisations who are leaving no stone unturned to stop the government from setting up an Assam Rifles (AR) camp on residential-cum-agricultural land in a tribal belt area at Sonapur, now plan to lock up the Sonapur circle office.

Following the long impasse prevailing across Dimoria region over acquisition of 144 bighas and 19 lechas of tribal belt land in Domorapathar village under Sonapur circle office to set up an Assam Rifles camp, representatives of the six Amri-Karbi tribal organisations met local MLA Atul Bora and the Deputy Commissioner on Monday.

During the meeting MLA Bora assured the Amri-Karbi leaders that he would give his hundred per cent to safeguard the rights of the tribal people by taking the issue to the higher authorities, informed Ramen Kathar, general secretary of the Amri-Karbi Students� Union.

It may be recalled that the Amri-Karbi organisations have been protesting for over six months now against the government move to set up the AR camp on the tribal land, but all that they have got is disappointment.

The aggrieved Amri-Karbi bodies now plan to lock up the Sonapur circle office soon as they feel that the administration has failed to safeguard the rights of the tribals.

Kathar, while talking to The Assam Tribune, also alleged that the Sonapur Circle Officer had betrayed them by providing false updates on the issue of the proposed AR camp.

�The Sonapur Circle Officer had informed us earlier this year that the land was transferred to the Assam Rifles way back in 2016 and that there was no point protesting now. But during our meeting with the DC on Monday, we were informed that the said land was transferred to the Assam Rifles only in March this year. The tribals of the region have been betrayed,� an anguished Kathar said.

Commenting on their next step, leaders of the six Amri-Karbi organisations said that they would not back out on the issue, adding that safeguarding the rights of their tribal brethren is their main focus.

Giving the latest update on the issue, Kathar said that a delegation consisting of a few leaders of the Amri-Karbi organisations was called by the CID today vis-a-vis the AR camp issue. The delegation is learnt to have provided the CID with all information right from the beginning. The tribal leaders also told the CID about an alleged nexus between middlemen and a few government officials who are minting money through underhand dealings.

The Amri-Karbi organisations have urged the government to safeguard the rights of the tribals.