JORABAT, Jan 10 - The Dimoria regional unit of the All India Kishan Sabha (AIKS), a farmers� body and sister organisation of the Communist Party of India (CPI) organised a public meeting in the Sarutari playground at 14th Mile on Saturday over its various demands. Hundreds of people took part in the meeting.
The demands of the AIKS unit include land pattas to local and indigenous people of Dimoria at any place where he/she has been occupying land for several years, a halt to providing agricultural land in Dimoria region for commercial and industrial purposes to big business houses, shutdown of the factories and eviction of the pollution-causing factories located within the wildlife sanctuaries both within Dimoria and also in the entire State and withdrawal of the GMDA notification which seeks to bring the tribal population-dominated Dimoria region within its jurisdiction in order to extend the eastern boundary of Guwahati city up to Dimoria region (Sonapur Revenue Circle) until land pattas are provided to the people occupying land.
Speaking on the occasion, AIKS State general secretary Bolu Borah said the poor farmers had faced tremendous exploitation over the years, and now it was time for the people to unite and carry out a revolution to force the government to listen to their voices.
The AIKS also threatened to nominate Jayanta Gogoi as a CPI candidate to contest from the 52 Dispur LAC seat in the coming Assembly elections if their demands are not met.
Bala Krishna Pareek, vice president of the AIKS Dimoria unit addressed the media and said that the government must listen to the demands of the farmers� body. He said that unless the non-cadastral villages are surveyed and turned into cadastral villages, the Kishan Sabha would keep on protesting against the GMDA notification. He said until then the Dimoria region shall not be allowed to be brought under the GMDA jurisdiction.
Those present at the meeting included Nabin Son Kro, Durlav Mahanta, Mukul Dutta of the AIKS and Madhurjya Baruah, Biplab Boro and Manoj Deuri of the All India Students� Federation.