Encroachment of Tarani Reserve Forest by Flood-Affected Village Residents of Laika and Dodhia

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Shalim Muktadir HussainLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

November 4, 2019

Location of Conflict

Tarani Reserve Forest



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Conservation and Forestry

On 19th July 2017, 1200 flood affected families of Laika and Dodhia villages in the Tinsukia district of Assam encroached upon the Tarani Reserve Forest of Assam. The encroachment was heavily opposed by the residents of Pengeri and Phillobari villages. These villages lie at the entrance to the reserve forest. The PengeriPhillobari Budh Bazar Chariali was blocked by protesting village residents who had come out with sticks and machetes to prevent the encroachers from entering the forest. However, by the time the locals had been informed of the encroachment, the village residents of Laika and Dodhia had already built temporary shelters. About 686 of the affected people had already occupied the grounds of the nearby Bijulibon Primary School and sought refuge there. The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal held a closed door meeting at the district headquarters, Tinsukia with the district authorities, MLAs of Tinsukia, Digboi, Margherita, Sadia and Lahowal and concerned civil society groups. He sympathized with the plight of the floodaffected people but made it clear that the illegal squatters would not be allowed refuge at the Tarani Reserve Forest. The residents of Pengeri and Phillobari belong mostly to the Mising community. Rakesh Chetry, the circle officer of Margherita held a meeting with members of the Phillobari wing of the Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK), a Mising students' organization and after long deliberations promised them that a survey would be conducted within eight months and all the illegal squatters would be moved to a different location.

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