KPLT cadre Arrested

February 24, 2012

Hamren 24 Feb : A Karbi Peoples Liberation Tiger (KPLT) cadre  was arrested where as another suspected cadre escaped  by Kheroni police of Hamren Police District on the wee hours from Kheroni Chariali Locality of Karbi Anglong district.

Kheroni Police has identified the KPLT cadre as Hemari Ingti (18) of Longku Village of Dima Hasao district, and the other cadre who escaped as Raju Rongpher (19).

Both of them were apprehended by police when they came to collect “extortion” money from one Joysing Engti, a school teacher from Zerikindeng, Karbi Anglong.

The arrested cadre is booked under section 387 of IPC in Kheroni Police Station.

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Karbi Lady ACS accuses army of raid in Diphu

February 24, 2012

DIPHU 23 Feb : A lady ACS officer under deputation to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has lodged a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner Karbi Anglong Thursday alleging that unknown persons attacked her residence at midnight with “bad intention”.

In her complaint the lady officer, Protima Rongpipi has criticized the police of not responding when she called Diphu police for help. She claimed that the police station was at walking distance from her residence.

Rongpipi said that, she was with her seven year old son in the room when some “Hindi speaking” in a “forceful voice” without identifying themselves banged at the doors.

Commenting on the incident SP Karbi Anglong, Anurag Agarwal said that, a detachment of Indian army belonging to 3-Jammu and Kashmir Rifles raided the house of Protima Rongpipi along with a Sub-inspector of Diphu police station, but the police did not had any information about the destination of the army.

He disclosed that the police have received an FIR forwarded by the D C Karbi Anglong for which a case will be registered in Diphu police station.

Based on the FIR, police swung into action but army authority could not be communicated for their comment.


Businessman Killed in Karbi Anglong

February 23, 2012

Bokajan  23 Feb : A late report of a businessman killed in Karbi Anglong by KPLT (Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tiger) for ransom has reached us. As per the report available with us, A businessman was shot dead by suspected Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tiger (KPLT) militants after 10 days of captivity even after a ransom was paid, police said.

The body of Deyram Teron was recovered by police from Maigaon village at around 9 pm on Thursday ( 16 Feb, 2012) .
According to the relatives of the deceased, Teron who was dealing in a business of  coal and sand supply was abducted allegedly by KPLT activists from Silonijan on February 6.

Meanwhile, local traders of Silonijan market downed their shutters for two hours on Friday to protest the brutal killing of the local businessman. The deceased was the owner of hotel Green land situated in the market.


DI seeks bribe, employees alleged

February 23, 2012

From a Correspondent
DIPHU, Feb 22: At a time when Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and KAAC-EM Tuliram Ronghang have come up to resolve the long-standing problems of school-teachers and employees, a section of teachers and fourth grade employees of ME schools, in a meeting held at Bakalia Town Janta Hindi LP School on Sunday labeled a serious allegation on the Deputy Inspector (DI) for seeking bribes from teachers and employees. The employees have been paying three per cent on arrears, Rs 1,500 for service book and an amount for bonus to the Deputy Inspector, the employees alleged. The general meeting was organized by assistant teachers and fourth grade employees of the district ME schools which was graced by Suren Kramsa, president, KAMETA as chief guest. Gulap Baglary presided over the meeting and was attended by Sashanka Hazarika, advisor and hundreds of fourth grade and assistant teachers. In the meeting, the employees resolved to put their grievances to the concerned authorities demanding their payment in first week of every month, third service book, bonus for price hiking of essential commodities and others.


Hills Oppose Teachers’ Test

February 22, 2012

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Political Litmus Test for the TET

Diphu, Feb. 21: The Autonomous State Demand Committee today asked Dispur to stop including Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao in the pan-Assam teachers’ eligibility test, as recruitment of schoolteachers lies in the domain of the autonomous councils of the two hill districts.

The party said the state-level examination is a violation of the 1995 memorandum of understanding between New Delhi and the local autonomous councils. It said according to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, an autonomous council is the supreme authority for recruitment and transfer of teachers in schools within the council area and the government should not push the local body to accept any candidate selected by the state.

Party general secretary and sitting Karbi Anglong autonomous district council member Jagatsing Engti today threatened to launch an agitation against the state government’s violation of the Sixth Schedule guideline.

“It is a very big conspiracy of the state government to fill up the vacant posts in the education institutions of the district with outsiders. If such an eligibility test is compulsory, it should be conducted by the council itself,” Engti said.

More than 10,000 job aspirants of the hill district appeared in the state-level eligibility test, of which 468 candidates were successful.

According to the ASDC, of the successful candidates, only 7 to 8 per cent are tribal candidates. This means the state-level test minimises the chances of the districts’ indigenous tribal job aspirants, only 30 to 35 of whom are expected to get through.

Karbi Anglong has 1,405 primary schools, with more than 1,700 vacant posts.

“We cannot quote accurate data, as there are legal tangles around 101 posts. We also conducted interviews for 86 posts of primary schoolteachers last year but they are yet to be recruited,” said education department joint secretary J.C. Daulagupu.

The ASDC today came down heavily on the Congress-led local autonomous council in Karbi Anglong for giving a free hand to the state government to violate the Sixth Schedule guidelines and urged the organisation to work in the interest of the people of the hill district.

“We have unemployed youths in our own district. Why should the state government hire candidates from outside?” Engti asked.

The Congress, however, said introduction of teachers’ eligibility test in Karbi Anglong is legitimate, as it is under the Right to Education Act. “They (the Opposition) should oppose if the teachers’ eligibility test was not held in Karbi Anglong. Job aspirants of the district appeared in the examination and those who passed are going to be recruited soon,” said autonomous council executive member (education) Tuliram Ranghang.


Bizzare situation in Diphu Water Supply

February 22, 2012

From a Correspondent

(From Sentinel Assam)

DIPHU, Feb 21: Karbi Anglong is a land of rivers and streams, therefore, to say that water scarcities haunt the entire district is laughable if not condemnable. The citizens of the district are not generally aware of how the district PHE is functioning. People in the town, especially Diphu, are having a hard time coping with this menace of water scarcity. The scarcity exists not because of non availability of water but the water available is not safe for anyone to drink. The PHE is constantly failing in its role in providing this basic necessity to its citizens in Diphu town. It is mentionable that Diphu town alone have more than one lakh inhabitants. Out of these one lakh population, only 8,000 citizens are getting proper water supply facilities. While having conversations with one of the staff in the department, he enlightened that the water capacity is poor as compared to previous days. Previously, he said, they use to have fresh machines with high HP to pump the water and can extract required amount of water with ease. Now, the machines have got old and the heavy underground pipes used for supply of water have many leakages which have weakened the required flow of water, he said.

Due to the non reachability of water through the supply system, the residents of Diphu town have to adopt different means to acquire water. They hire vehicles for carrying water from the distribution point. It is fascinating to see how the PHE department has arranged the water delivery point for the proper distribution of water to the entire population of Diphu town. Each day the distribution point get jammed with vehicles. According to the version of the staff, they have daily distribution of around five lakh litres of water in an around Diphu town, each thousand litre cost an amount of Rs 10. The department trucks are charging Rs 240 per trip and it’s a fixed rate, but, the rate may change if the truck has to cover more distance. Auto vans charge Rs 150 per trip, but here too, the rate may change depending on the distance covered. But sadly, only those who can afford to pay can hire these vehicles. Those who own private vehicle are reaping the benefits and earning thousands. One Basumutary, who used to drive a truck for somebody, now, has his own truck bought out by the income he made by selling water. Similarly, there are others like Basumutary who are earning a lot and are becoming affluent in the short span of their career as water supplier.

On the other hand, the former EM of PHE has done little for the upgradation of the proper water facility in Diphu town. Government of India had sanctioned Rs 8.54 crore under NLCPR in the year 2008-09 for the augmentation of Greater Diphu Water Supply Scheme. The amount was disbursed during the tenure of this particular EM. However, the ground reality offers a different picture. No trace of work could be seen anywhere. Unofficial record tallied by one of the staff disclosed that more than 15 crore of rupees have been sanctioned for the augmentation of Greater Diphu Water Supply Scheme under NLCPR. Therefore, it is questionable to those in authority as to where has all the money gone?


Political turmoil in DHAC. Newly elected Chairman Kur Rongpi threatened to be ousted.

February 19, 2012

Haflong , 20 Feb: The Political Equation in Dima Hasao Autonomous Council has once again become very fluid. A sharp difference between congress leaders within the party has virtually created a split in the party. In a recently held Chairman election of the Council, where Kur Rongpi from Garampani Constituency (Umrongso)  won the chairmanship of the council by 5 votes has brought the conflict within the party into the open.

During the election of chairman of DHAC, the faction supporting G C Langthasa , President of DHDCC ( Dima Hasao District Congress Committee ) has supported Depolal Hojai , who got 10 votes where as the faction supporting CEM Debojit Thaosen proposed the name of Kur Rongpi, who got 15 votes.

Meanwhile in a related development, the district unit of congress has resolved to demand the ouster of the chairman and all the executive members who had thwarted the election of Hojai, the party official candidates for the post of chairman. The decision was taken in a meeting held on Friday. This was stated by district congress spokesperson Kalijoy Sengyung and Samuel Changsan, executive member and member of DHAC respectively, who are still loyal to Langthasa and their APCC bosses in Guwahati.

It is interesting to note that those loyal to CEM Debojit Thaosen are those who had joined the party after deserting ASDC and BJP.