KAZIRANGA, Oct 29 – A team of six members from different fields visited Bandardubi, Deosur and Palkhuwa areas near the Kaziranga National Park recently to understand the pathetic condition of the people who had been evicted by the Nagaon district administration on September 19.
The team was headed by Bondita Acharya from ‘Women in Governance and Human Rights Alert’. While speaking to this correspondent, Bondita Acharya said that the eviction was not done as per the law of the land. “It seemed to be selectively targeted at a particular community”, she said adding that agricultural products had been destroyed by the security forces during the eviction drive. She condemned the barbaric act of the police who did not even spare women and children. Acharya added that a school building had been occupied by the forces and the children of Bandardubi had been deprived of their basic education at primary level. She said that it was a gross violation of human rights, violation of the right to livelihood and violation of the Right to Education. A proper compensation and rehabilitation in terms of their education and livelihood were needed to be arranged by the Government before carrying out the eviction drive in the said areas.
“So the need of the hour is to initiate a thorough enquiry in this regard” she said. Prof Prasenjit Biswas from the Barak Human Rights Protection Committee, Silchar who was also a part of team which visited those evicted areas near Kaziranga National Park said that eviction was brutal and cruel and alternative arrangements should have been made by the Government authority before eviction, adding that they have put the cart before the horse. The other members were Hemen Bora, Padmalochan Nath and Ditumoni Gogoi.
Published in The Assam Tribune on 30 October, 2016 and is available online at http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=oct3016/state052