A heavy gun battle seems to have pressed no less panic button along the Assam-Nagaland interstate border in Karbi Anglong district on Saturday.
The fierce exchange of firing took place atop the Rongapahar hills in the afternoon. According to information, a group of miscreants from Nagaland started indiscriminate firing at the policemen guarding the border outpost.
The policemen also retaliated with firing. The gunbattle lasted for nearly two hours. The Naga miscreants later were believed to have fled from the spot. There is no report of any casualty in the encounter.
Mohet Hojai, former Chief Executive Member, erstwhile North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council now Dima Hasao Autonomous Council while coming to the special court, NIA Guwahati told this correspondent, that the so called Rs.1000 Crore scam in N.C. Hills now Dima Hasao District which was much hyped in the local News Papers and Electronic Private Channels during the last two and half was nothing but a political issue of the various opposition parties in the state to gain their political mileage during the last Assam Assembly Election 2011.
According to Hojai the Annual Budget Provision of the N.C Hills Autonomous Council for the year 2008-2009 was Rs.97.05 Crore for plan fund and Rs.97.48 Crore for Non plan fund. The Non plan fund meant for payment of salaries of the state govt. employees and Rs.28.00 crore had been released by the N.C. Hills Autonomous Council out of the plan fund as stated above for payment of committed salaries to the employees of Council Normal Sector and an amount of Rs.34.42 crore out of the remaining plan fund has been released to the concerned departments for implementation of the various schemes during his short period of regime as CEM, NCHAC from 2nd Jan/2009 to 29th May/2009, then, how it was possible to occur the so called 1000 Crore scam during the regime of Sri Mohet Hojai, he argued.
The so called allegation of 1000 Crore scam against the N.C. Hill Autonomous Council revealed as false and fabricated with report of the One Man Enquiry Commission headed by S.C. Das I.A.S. Principal Secretary to the government of Assam, Home and Political Department which has been submitted to the govt. of Assam dated Dispur the 3rd September 2009 wherein it clearly mentioned the receipt and expenditures of the Council during the year 2008-2009 was Rs. 194.53 Crore only.
Justifying his stand, he further stated that those who brought the so called allegation did not know about the actual Annual Budget Provision of the N.C. Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC).
In an attempt to create awareness regarding barrier free environment, the students of Assam Institute of Management organised a seminar on the topic “Barrier Free Environment”. The seminar was held on Saturday Assam Institute of Management premises, Guwahati. The speakers invited were – Arman Ali, Executive Director of Shishu Sarothi, Ranjan K. Baruah, Social entrepreneur and Convener of North East Youth Foundation and Rajen Singh, Commandant of 24th Assam Police I.R.Bn, Baksa. The speakers put emphasis on bringing innovative and creative thinking for upliftment of disabled people. They also stated that the barriers are not created by the nature but by human beings. They finally concluded by saying that not only government offices but public and private organisations should have a barrier free infrastructure for the disabled people. Seminar was moderated by Sanjib Raj, Faculty of AIM. Student who had initiated the seminar and organised it were Gitashree Neog, Himadri Phukon, Hemanga Deka and Gautamraj Kashyap. Seminar was interactive as student had asked question to speakers at the end of their lecture.
There is sign of marginal let-up in the overall flood scene on Friday. The flood waters start receding trend in the worst hit areas of Goalpara and Kamrup Districts. The waterlevels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries across the state are also receding marginally.
In a bid to speed up dispatch relief materials, the North East Frontier Railway is running two special trains till September 30 between New Bongaigaon - Goalpara and Guwahati to Chayygaon.
The administration has set up 88 temporary relief camps in Goalpara District and 54 in Kamrup District to accommodate over 2 lakh people. But the road communication between Guwahati and Goalpara, however, remains cut off.