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Diphu bodies demand CBI probe into KAAC anomalies

By Correspondent

DIPHU, Dec 25 - The People For People and Karbi Hills Development & Protection Organisation have urged the Governor to institute a CBI inquiry into the numerous cases of misuse of public money by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) where a large number of government officials, contractors and individuals are involved.

The organisations submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Assam through the local administration on Wednesday.

The memo mentioned about the unabated encroachment of forest land in the bordering areas of Karbi Anglong, deforestation, killing of wildlife and unlawful exploitation of forest and mineral resources in the autonomous district.

�It is a very disturbing and frightening fact that the Council has become akin to the North Korean regime. There is massive corruption and illegalities, but the local people do not dare to voice their resentment against it. Those who talk against the Council are either silenced through coercion or falsely implicated before the law.

Not surprisingly, therefore, crores of rupees are spent on non-existent works. Many so-called development works are also deplorable from the quality point of view,� the memo mentioned.

�Though the appropriate authority and government were appraised time and again by various organisations with a view to redress issues related to the Karbi Anglong border, forest land encroachment, protection of forest resources and mineral resources, but nothing has changed,� the organisations rued.

The memo pointed out that encroachment of the reserve forests in Dhansiri, Daldali and Langkaijan region have increased on a very massive scale over the years.

The organisations mentioned that illegal coal mining and other criminal activities are increasing out of control in the hill district. Despite numerous police complaints being submitted, including with the Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Department, Assam Human Rights Commission etc., but have failed to evoke any positive response.

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