HAFLONG: Tension refuses to die down in Dima Hasao two days after the Maibong incident where two protesters were killed in police firing as they blocked the rails to protest the alleged move to annex the hills district into the proposed greater Nagalim.
Curfew in Maibong, the epi centre of the incident, is still in force where the local residents have to confine to their homes. Army, police and para military forces have been patrolling on the streets apprehending rerun of violence.
"We are closely monitoring the situation. Tight security arrangement is in place to avert any outbreak of fresh incident. Now the situation is under control," said a senior police officer.
At least ten local organizations have been enforcing 48 hour bandh from Friday morning disrupting normal life in the entire hills district.
"With this bandh call we want immediate removal of DC and SP who unleashed violence on the peaceful protesters. They are to be blamed for the death of two protesters in police firing. Further, we demand an impartial probe into the incident apart from adequate compensation to the deceased and free treatment of those who sustained injury in the police firing," said a Dimasa studentleader in Haflong.
Local residents in Maibong also blamed it all on the district administration for the incident. Ripen Hojai, s local resident said,"the protest was peaceful. The protesters asked the passengers to get down to avoid any untowered incident. But the situation suddenly took a violent turn immediately after DC and SP arrived in the spot and asked the policemen to spring upon the protesters where we lost two young lives."
For the first time nobody in the district participated in the Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
Ministers Porimal Suklavaidya and Keshab Mahanta have been camping in Haflong to assess the situation with civil and police heavyweights.
Tangla Rongali Bwisagw Afad kicked off the celebration of Bwisagw festival at the Lok Priya Gopinath Bordoloi Bhawan premise in Tangla on Saturday with two-days programme. The colorful programme was organized by Udalguri ABSU.
The history of celebration of Bwisgw festival by the Bodos can be traced back to times when the first mentioned king of Pragjyotishpur (ancient name of Assam) was Mairong Raja (Sanskritised as Mahiranga) of Asura Dynasty. As per anonymous sources Bodos have been celebrating the festival for more than 4000 years back.
The first day of the celebration began with the hoisting the Bwisagw flag by Nripen Boro, vice-president of the celebration committee The Bwisagw field was inaugurated by Rihon Brahma, social worker of Tangla . The celebration committee felicitated elderly and renowned persons of Tangla including two journalists Ujjal Kr. Das and Shajid Khan during the celebration.
As many as six cultural troops also presented Bagrumba groupdance on the occasion which enthralled the audience. A cultural night programme is scheduled to be held in the evening. The second day of the festival will be marked by homage to Upendra Nath Brahma . The open session will be inagurated by Ananda Daimari of Udalguri district ABSU. The session will be chaired by Kamesar Boro President of the celebration committee. Dr. Nareswar Boro Assistant Professor Udalguri College and ABSU leader Romeo P. Narzari will grace the event aschief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Sensation has prevailed in this area following the suicide of a HSLC candidate Rabita Konwar (18) on the evening of Tuesday. As per report Konwar a resident of Futkibari village under Tangla PS of Udalguri district after appearing for her Mathematics paper at Tangla Girls Higher Secondary school had reached home and talked to her parents. At about 4 am the girl's mother noticed the girl in a hanging state at her room. Though the village head informed the Tangla police station on Tuesday police reached the spot on Wednesday morning and sent the body for Post mortem to Mangaldai Civil Hospital .
Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan in a circular to all arms license holders whose arms licenses issued from Roing office asked them to get their arms license entered in the National Database on Arms Licence on or before October 1, 2015.
A Unique Identification Number (UIN) will be generated for each license after proper verification and authenticity of license detail. Details are available with A. Pertin, SDO (Judicial) in his mobile no.0977450876 for registration in the database.
The arms license which have been issued from this district and renewed somewhere else but the renewal information was not provided in this office will not be entered in NDAL unless the license holder renew their licenses at Roing or apply for transfer of jurisdiction of the Licensing Authority to their ordinary place of resident within 15 days.