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Top GNLA militant killed in M'laya

Amid an escalating counter insurgency offensive,   Meghalaya police claimed to have killed a top GNLA at an encounter in Meghalaya on Sunday.  

The gun battle took place at Patalgre village near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills at around 11:20 in the morning in between Patalgre and Dorengkigre village.

 According to superintendent of police, East Garo Hills, “there was a huge exchange of firing where the militant died on the spot. Police recovered an AK-56 from the encounter spot.”

The slain militant was brought to Williamnagar at 2 in the afternoon.

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Indo-Bangla border fencng, infiltration to come up in BSF-BDR meeting

8 Apr 2008 - 6:04pm | editor
The crucial BSF-BDR meeting begins in New elhi on Tuesday to discuss a number of problems confrnting India and its neighbouring Bangladesh. According to information, infiltration from across the Indao-Bangla boder and also the hardships in the fencing of the border are set to be firgured in the meeting.

Also in the line up are smuggling of cattle, fake currency notes, weapons and narcotics. BSF Director General A K Mitra will represent India while BDR chief Major General Shakil Ahmed is represent Bangladesh.

Notably, the construction of boundary pillars along the Indo-Bangla border has been mired in controversy for the last several years. The 4,097 kilometres long Indo-Bangla border passes through West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura.

According to BSF, issues relating to insurgent groups from the north eastern states of India basing in Bangladesh, and crossing-over of BDR personnel across the International Border (IB) will also be taken up during in the Border Coordination Conference.

The BSF is all set to take up the issue of obstruction to developmental works within 150 yards from the IB, the release added.

Enchroachment causes man-elephant conflict

18 Aug 2016 - 11:58am | Shajid Khan

The cause of men-elephant on the Indo Bhutan area is enchroachment of forest land. This was observed by Rihan Daimary State Minister PHE, Food and Civil Supply at Panery Durga Mandir premises on Wednesday. More than 50 persons died in the attack of wild elephants on the Indo Bhutan area in Udalguri district during the period of 2014 2016 till date. Six persons were killed this year itself.

To pay the  ex-gratia  to the victims families the Dhansri Forest Division of Udalguri held a cheque distribution meeting at the Panery Durga Mandir today.Madhurjya Sarma the DFO presided in the meeting. Attending in the minister Rihan Daimary said that the main cause of man-elephant  conflict is enchrochment of forest land.Such enchrochment destroyed the forest land and deforestation occurred .He said that the department must take necessary action to evade the the forest land.He requested the department to arrange awareness programme in context of forestation  as to provide fodder to wild jumbos and thereby  minimize the casualities.More than 30 victim families were given cheques of one lakh each as ex-gratia compensation and 15 to 20 thousands cheques were distributed among the injured persons. The persons whose Crops were damaged and houses vandalized will be paid compesation soon. DFO Sarma said that more 400 hector bighas land is enchroched in Bornodi Wildlife Sanctuary and 1660 bighas land is enchroched in Khalingduwar reserve forest.Many nature loving persons were ptesent in the meeting.

Camera traps help nab rhino poachers

23 Jul 2015 - 7:54pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

Camera traps installed in the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park in Mangaldoi in Assam helped convict two poachers for illegal entry into the park with arms and killing rhinos. The Mangaldoi Session Court citing the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 convicted Haren Daimari and Dharmeswar Basumatary with two years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of INR 25000 each. The judgment was sentenced by Session Judge G Baruah.

In January 2011 some 60 camera traps were installed in the park by Aaranyak, a Society for Biodiversity Conservation. A team of researchers during routine examination found images of three poachers when they immediately brought the incident under the notice of the authorities. Captured images revealed three poachers with two rifles inside the park.  Aaranyak and the Assam Forest Department has been using camera traps in the park to monitor tigers and other animals since 2008.

Following the information relayed by the researchers Sushil Daila, DFO (Wildlife), Mangaldoi in an effort to create public awareness released a poster containing the captured images of the poachers requesting the villagers to help identify them. A cash award of INR 25000 to the informer was also announced. The poachers however, surrendered with arms.  A case was registered against them in the Mangaldoi Session Court that subsequently led to their imprisonment.

“It has been a major success for the Assam Forest Department in convicting the poachers as usually conviction rate is very low in wildlife cases. This time due to the evidence obtained from automatic camera traps, the poachers had but little option to surrender and face conviction,” said M Firoz Ahmed, a senior biologist with Aaranyak who leads camera trapping exercises at Orang. The conviction he added was particularly possible due to the keen leadership of the Divisional Forest Officer, the team work of the staff at Orang and the evidence collated from the camera traps. 

The camera trapping exercise was undertaken with support received from Panthera, a non-profit based in New York and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, UK. The cameras used in the exercise were designed by Panthera. A more effective model is undergoing tests by Panthera which will be able to detect poachers in the forest and then beam the images onto a computer or smart phone instantly, thereby saving on time allowing the forest staff on duty to help neutralize the threat. A joint partnership of Aaranyak and Panthera would soon provide some of the cameras to the Forest Department. 

Aaranyak is also assisting the Assam Forest Department in apprehending poachers involved in rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park by providing support from its dog squad, named 'K9'. Currently, two Belgian Malinois, Jorba and Babli are in service. The dogs are making a huge contribution towards controlling wildlife crimes, sending a strong message to poachers and smugglers that there is an increase in efforts to track them down. Some 15 poachers or their handlers have been tracked by the dogs around Kaziranga. Squad member Jorba incidentally helped the forest staff in tracking a poacher located about 1.5 kilometers away from the crime scene. The poacher was eventually cornered by the guards and killed in what resulted in an encounter when he attacked the guards.