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Encroachment threatens Assam's Sattras

By The Assam Tribune
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Guwahati, Sept 17 (PTI): The existence of several 'sattras' or Vaishnav monasteries across Assam has been threatened by encroachment by illegal migrants mostly from Bangladesh.

More than 7,000 bighas of land belonging to 39 sattras are in the grip of encroachers with at least 85 per cent of the encroached land being occupied by illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, advisor of the Asom Sattra Mahasabha Bhadra Krishna Goswami, claimed.

He said the encroachment came to light when a survey was conducted by the Mahasabha, the apex body of about 900 Vaishnavaite sattras of the State.

Assam Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman had mentioned in the last Assembly session that the government had no documents related to encroachment of sattra land but had constituted a committee to look into the issue.

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Encroachment threatens Assam

Guwahati, Sept 17 (PTI): The existence of several 'sattras' or Vaishnav monasteries across Assam has been threatened by encroachment by illegal migrants mostly from Bangladesh.

More than 7,000 bighas of land belonging to 39 sattras are in the grip of encroachers with at least 85 per cent of the encroached land being occupied by illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, advisor of the Asom Sattra Mahasabha Bhadra Krishna Goswami, claimed.

He said the encroachment came to light when a survey was conducted by the Mahasabha, the apex body of about 900 Vaishnavaite sattras of the State.

Assam Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman had mentioned in the last Assembly session that the government had no documents related to encroachment of sattra land but had constituted a committee to look into the issue.

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