Garuduba-Bharasingri (Dhekaijuli), Aug 6 - Tension prevails in greater Garuduba-Bhorasingri area, a remote area on the bank of Brahmaputra under Thelamara PS in Barchala LAC of Sonitpur district, following yesterday�s incident of attack on a rally taken out in Barchala area in connection with the bhoomi pujan of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya by the Ram Sena, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.
In a bid to stop further acceleration of tension, curfew was clamped in the areas falling under Thelamara and Dhekiajuli Police Stations until the situation limps back to normalcy. Meanwhile, paramilitary forces have staged a flag march in the entire area starting from Thelamara centre thereby keeping the situation under control. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has instructed the DGP to expedite an inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, Dhekiajuli MLA Ashok Singhal, local MLA Ganesh Limbu and ADGP (Law & Order) GP Singh today visited the area to take stock of the situation. The ADGP said that administration has been observing the situation and the police has already arrested two culprits involved in yesterday�s incident. �Four cases have been registered in Thelamara PS in Sonitpur district. Additional forces have been deployed in the area and four pickets have been set up,� he said.
Talking to this correspondent, Dhekiajuli MLA Ashok Singhal said that he has asked the Chief Minister to instruct the police administration to take strict action against the illegal settlers. �We shall meet the Chief Minister tomorrow and request him to do the needful to conduct an immediate eviction drive in the area to free the government land,� he said.
Different organizations along with the indigenous people living in the area alleged that in Garuduba-Bhorasingri area about 250 to 300 illegal Bangladeshi families have settled till now by encroaching acres of government land on the Brahmaputra river bank. These illegal settlers carry out many unlawful activities including theft and burglary before the very nose of law-enforcing agencies like the police.
An inhabitant of the area alleged that during the Congress rule, the then Cabinet minister cum Barchala MLA, Tankabahadur Rai had settled these illegal Bangladeshis in the area, which has become a serious threat to the indigenous people. �We strongly condemn the incident of attack on us by these illegal settlers. We have earlier appealed to the government to evict all these illegal settlers, but due to an unholy nexus, it has not materialized till date. So we urge the government to quickly evict these illegal settlers. We have sufficient proof that from the char areas, Moirabari and Dhing on the south bank of river Brahmaputra, miscreants with firearms enter the area by boat and often attack us and take away our livestocks and other properties,� he added.