ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ASSAM-After the Raid

ASSAM After the Raid WHEN in June last year the chief minister of Assam declared the Doyang Reserve Forest in the Golaghat subdivision open to settlement, the move was widely welcomed; for, already about 12,000 families, mainly of Ahom, Chutia, Bodo, Kachari, Mikir, Miri, Nepali, Naga and ex-garden tribes, were living in the area. In the last general elections 35 polling centres had been set up for about 24,000 voters; and there1 are 100 primary schools, three high schools, 11 ME schools as well as two health centres in the area. For all practical purposes the area had ceased to be a reserve forest and indeed it was the chief minister's Socialist Party that had spearheaded the movement for getting the Reserve Forest declared open to settlement. The movement even had its martyrs when in 1973 two students, Gajen Ingty and Putul Saikia, were killed in police firing at Bhurbandha in Nowgong district.

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