TURA, Aug 3 - In a case that is set to have massive ramifications, the Garo Hills Autonomous Distrcit Council (GHADC) has set August 7 as the date when it would investigate the case of illegal land acquisition in Boldamgre in West Garo Hills. The village is about 50 kms from the town of Tura, near New Singimari.
The illegal occupation at the behest of the son-in-law of the Nokma, Olsin Ch Marak, had left quite a few angry, as well as the village dominated by non-Garos. Most of the pattas provided have been on legal stamp paper and have been done over almost a decade by Marak, after the demise of the original Nokma.
�We are not against any community, but the act of transfer of land to non-Garos under the 6th Schedule is illegal and as such the people behind the act need to be punished. We have moved the GHADC as well as the district administration on this, and as such we are hopeful of things being sorted out and the land returned to the rightful owners�, said Treepon Sangma, the FKJGP Phulbari circle president, who originally raked up the issue. �We will definitely be there for the hearing and hope the GHADC acts as the custodians of our land,� he said.