Local Group Alleges Forceful Land Takeover, Skewed EIA for Biorefinery in Assam

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IshanLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict

Owguri Chapori



Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Industry

Bio fuel refinery



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)







In 2015, the process of evicting residents of the Owguri Chapori started for the establishment of a biorefinery. The local organizations say that the process of land acquisition wasn't followed. "The land takeover has been done illegally. No procedure was followed. The land was taken forcefully," a member of the Jeepal Krisak Sramik Sangha said. Local organizations also allege that the Environment Impact Assessment report of the project does not mention the presence of a reserved forest in the vicinity of the project. The project is located near the Kaziranga National Park. On July 15, during a public hearing on the project, the Leader of Jeepal Krisak Sramik Sangha, Soneshwar Narah got arrested and charged under Section 307 (Attempt to murder), Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty). The organization has decided to move court to oppose the project.

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Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land


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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Numaligarh Refinery Ltd, Forest Department, Government of Assam

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Jeepal Krisak Sramik Sangha

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Chempolis Oy & Associates, Finland

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