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Kurmi demands eviction in reserve forests

By Correspondent

JORHAT, May 2 � Expressing concern over the uninterrupted encroachment by the Naga miscreants at Tiru Hills reserve forest and many other areas near Rongkham village along the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat district Congress MLA of Mariani constituency Rupjyoti Kurmi today said that district administration�s assurance for eviction went in vain as no proper initiatives were taken to evict the encroachers from Assam�s reserve forest even after the nine days of the first incident was reported.

Kurmi said that he had requested Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and many other senior officials of the State administration to take adequate steps to compel the Naga miscreants return to their own villages of bordering Mokokchung district of Nagaland.

Though some days ago officials of the district administration assured of clearing the illegal occupation in the land of Tiru Hills reserve forest but they could neither compel the Mokokchung administration to take back their people from Assam�s land nor evicted them in the areas concerned, alleged MLA Kurmi.

Narrating the serious problems of the people of Ronkham and its nearby villages in Assam�s side MLA Kurmi today demanded the State Government to take immediate measures for eviction.

Forest department�s data revealed that over 13,322.14 hectares of land is still under encroachment in Dissoi Valley reserve forest while Tiru Hill reserve forest witnessed encroachment in its 4829.15 hectares. The Dissoi reserve forest is said to be encroached in 1532.34 hectares of its land which was reserved by the State Government only for forestry and conservation of bio-diversity.

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