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Rehab for citizens evicted from KNP demanded

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JORHAT, Nov 2 - Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday representatives of a citizens forum of Jorhat namely Sanmilita Nagorik Mancha (SNM) said that government should rehabilitate the evicted families of Indian citizens at Kaziranga National Park (KNP) soon who had been living in the villages like Bandardubi, Deuchurchang and Palkhowa for several years.

�It is a case of utter violation of human rights. No Indian citizen can be evicted from their own villages without any rehabilitation. During our visit to those villages it became clear that most of the evicted are Indian citizens,� said the working president of SNM advocate Hemen Bora.

Along with Bora many other representatives of the forum alleged that the State Government did not rehabilitate the evicted families for more than 42 days though a Cabinet Minister promised their rehabilitation in 41 days after the eviction.

Names of most of the evicted villagers were found in the voters� list which could easily establish that they were Indian citizens. Besides several families said that they had been dwelling in the revenue village for decades, said Bora.

He also said that a Jorhat based non-governmental organisation namely �Women in Governance and Human Rights Alert is sending a preliminary report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission narrating the human rights violation of the Indian citizens of KNP where the eviction drive was launched on October 19 last.

Attending the press conference adviser of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) Padmalochan Nath, a senior citizen of Jorhat Bhaba Chetia and many other representatives of the citizens� forum urged government to provide permanent shelters, education, health care facilities to the affected people who lost their houses and many other valuable assets in the eviction drive.

�At the same time we also demanded detection and deportation of illegal migrants in those areas. Government must rehabilitate the Indian citizens there,� said KMSS adviser Padmalochan Nath.

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Rehab for citizens evicted from KNP demanded

JORHAT, Nov 2 - Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday representatives of a citizens forum of Jorhat namely Sanmilita Nagorik Mancha (SNM) said that government should rehabilitate the evicted families of Indian citizens at Kaziranga National Park (KNP) soon who had been living in the villages like Bandardubi, Deuchurchang and Palkhowa for several years.

�It is a case of utter violation of human rights. No Indian citizen can be evicted from their own villages without any rehabilitation. During our visit to those villages it became clear that most of the evicted are Indian citizens,� said the working president of SNM advocate Hemen Bora.

Along with Bora many other representatives of the forum alleged that the State Government did not rehabilitate the evicted families for more than 42 days though a Cabinet Minister promised their rehabilitation in 41 days after the eviction.

Names of most of the evicted villagers were found in the voters� list which could easily establish that they were Indian citizens. Besides several families said that they had been dwelling in the revenue village for decades, said Bora.

He also said that a Jorhat based non-governmental organisation namely �Women in Governance and Human Rights Alert is sending a preliminary report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission narrating the human rights violation of the Indian citizens of KNP where the eviction drive was launched on October 19 last.

Attending the press conference adviser of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) Padmalochan Nath, a senior citizen of Jorhat Bhaba Chetia and many other representatives of the citizens� forum urged government to provide permanent shelters, education, health care facilities to the affected people who lost their houses and many other valuable assets in the eviction drive.

�At the same time we also demanded detection and deportation of illegal migrants in those areas. Government must rehabilitate the Indian citizens there,� said KMSS adviser Padmalochan Nath.