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NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 7 - Skirmishes on a bird-hunting attempt leading to firing which left one person injured and felling of two exotic simalu trees in two different parts of Lakhimpur district jolted the celebration of World Environment Day on Wednesday.

While the entire district was observing the very day with various programmes like plantations of saplings and other activities, there was an attempt to hunt and kill wild birds in Bishnupur on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary in Lakhimpur. The incident took place in Bishnupur, under Narayanpur Police Station of the district when two youths from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh were prevented by some locals at Bishnupur while they were hunting birds in a wood. The intervention led to a skirmish in which one of the two youths from Arunachal Pradesh opened fire. One Tankeswar Bora of Bishnupur was injured in that firing. A large crowd converged on the spot following the firing incident. The people detained the two accused and called the police. A police team led by the Officer-in-Charge of Narayanpur Police Station James V Chimte arrested the two youths identified as Nabam Rebiya and Talo Magriya. The police recovered two air-guns and a two-wheeler (AR01H0213 from the two arrested youths.

In another incident on World Environment Day, miscreants felled two exotic simalu trees in Bebejia, under Ghilamora Police Station of Dhakuakhana subdivision of Lakhimpur district. The incident took place on Bebejia Chariali on the Dhakuakhana-Ghunasuti PWD road near Bebejia Kaiwartta ME School. The trees were felled by chain saw in the morning hours of the day bewildering the school children who were coming back from World Environment Day programmes after planting some tree saplings.

Amidst the sloganeering for more green cover and pure air quality on the World Environment Day, the Lakhimpur district administration has completely forgotten the massive plantation drive on the NH-15 bypass and in other areas in North Lakhimpur set up three years ago. In August 11, 2016 Debeswar Malakar, the then Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, requested all the departments of North Lakhimpur, including transport, health department, NL Municipality Board and a few others to cooperate in making the district greener by planting trees. The initiative was launched to help in making North Lakhimpur�s environment more sustainable. The departments were asked to plant trees and saplings in the office premises, the NH bypass, roads including link roads and other nearby areas by August 31, 2016. The �make North Lakhimpur greener� campaign also asked the state departments to plant trees of local exotic varieties like azar (avenue tree), sonaru (Laburnum), krishnachura, radhachura etc., inside their official premises. Saplings of such trees were also planted in the under-construction NH-15 bypass so that the trees could stand up till the road becomes functional. But in the last three years since then, no trees have come up in those proposed areas. The subsequent district administration has completely ignored the initiative for a increased greener cover for the district headquarter town in the last three years.

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Bird hunting, tree felling jolt Lakhimpur on Environment Day

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 7 - Skirmishes on a bird-hunting attempt leading to firing which left one person injured and felling of two exotic simalu trees in two different parts of Lakhimpur district jolted the celebration of World Environment Day on Wednesday.

While the entire district was observing the very day with various programmes like plantations of saplings and other activities, there was an attempt to hunt and kill wild birds in Bishnupur on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary in Lakhimpur. The incident took place in Bishnupur, under Narayanpur Police Station of the district when two youths from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh were prevented by some locals at Bishnupur while they were hunting birds in a wood. The intervention led to a skirmish in which one of the two youths from Arunachal Pradesh opened fire. One Tankeswar Bora of Bishnupur was injured in that firing. A large crowd converged on the spot following the firing incident. The people detained the two accused and called the police. A police team led by the Officer-in-Charge of Narayanpur Police Station James V Chimte arrested the two youths identified as Nabam Rebiya and Talo Magriya. The police recovered two air-guns and a two-wheeler (AR01H0213 from the two arrested youths.

In another incident on World Environment Day, miscreants felled two exotic simalu trees in Bebejia, under Ghilamora Police Station of Dhakuakhana subdivision of Lakhimpur district. The incident took place on Bebejia Chariali on the Dhakuakhana-Ghunasuti PWD road near Bebejia Kaiwartta ME School. The trees were felled by chain saw in the morning hours of the day bewildering the school children who were coming back from World Environment Day programmes after planting some tree saplings.

Amidst the sloganeering for more green cover and pure air quality on the World Environment Day, the Lakhimpur district administration has completely forgotten the massive plantation drive on the NH-15 bypass and in other areas in North Lakhimpur set up three years ago. In August 11, 2016 Debeswar Malakar, the then Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, requested all the departments of North Lakhimpur, including transport, health department, NL Municipality Board and a few others to cooperate in making the district greener by planting trees. The initiative was launched to help in making North Lakhimpur�s environment more sustainable. The departments were asked to plant trees and saplings in the office premises, the NH bypass, roads including link roads and other nearby areas by August 31, 2016. The �make North Lakhimpur greener� campaign also asked the state departments to plant trees of local exotic varieties like azar (avenue tree), sonaru (Laburnum), krishnachura, radhachura etc., inside their official premises. Saplings of such trees were also planted in the under-construction NH-15 bypass so that the trees could stand up till the road becomes functional. But in the last three years since then, no trees have come up in those proposed areas. The subsequent district administration has completely ignored the initiative for a increased greener cover for the district headquarter town in the last three years.