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Student body, locals gherao Sonapur Circle Office

By Correspondent

JORABAT, March 5 - Angered by the administration�s move to officially hand over the tribal cum agricultural land of Sonapur to the Assam Rifles (AR) today, the Amri Karbi Students� Union and local residents gheraoed the Sonapur Circle Office, decrying the government�s �anti-indigenous� decision.

The protesters were irked as the administration was planning to hand over the said land secretly to the Assam Rifles without conducting any public hearing. The protesters informed mediapersons that about 80 per cent of the families living on that part of the land have refused to part with their property as it would render them homeless.

The protest has caused tension in the area with support coming from various regional organisations against the government�s move.

A few weeks ago (in January), the administration tried to hand over possession of 144 bighas and 19 lesas of agricultural cum tribal belt land of Domorapathar village under the Sonapur Circle Office to the Assam Rifles, but the locals vehemently opposed the move.

The student body alleged that the administration had not gone through the procedures of consultation and taking the consent of the people residing on the mentioned land before taking the decision.

It may be mentioned that various organisations, including the All Assam Students� Union and Amri Karbi Students� Union, have been protesting against this move since long, but the administration is in no mood to relent.

The protesters continued with their protest till around 8 pm shouting slogans like �Asom Sarkar hai hai�, �Assam Rifles go back� and �Sonapur Circle Officer murdabad�.

The people of Dimoria have demanded cancellation of the move and plan to set up the AR camp there.

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