Amchang eviction drive draws flak from activists

first_imgIn a large scale eviction drive in the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati in Assam, more than 400 families were evicted by police and Forest Department officials. The drive has generated severe discontent among the members of the Mishing tribe, which accused the State Government of resorting to “anti-people policies.”Local rights activists alleged that about 15 people were injured during the eviction drive as police resorted to large scale firing of rubber bullets and tear gas shells as well as baton charge. Commissioner of Police of Guwahati Hiren Chandra Nath denied the allegations. The eviction order was issued by Gauhati High Court during a suo motu public interest litigation in 2013.“Police and Forest Department officials evicted 408 families from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati. Fifteen people were injured due to indiscriminate baton charge and rubber bullet firing by police and four are in a critical condition,” local rights activist Ashraful Hussain told The Hindu.“The protest was totally peaceful and it was police who resorted to excessive use of force. The Assam government is claiming that the eviction drive was being conducted for the sake of preservation of wildlife, but it is nothing but shameless oppression of the poor,” said Priti Raj Doley, a member of the Mishing tribe and a leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity.last_img read more

ENGLAND OPENERS IAN BELL, ANDREW STRAUSS AT CREASE VS SL

first_imgEngland openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell are at crease against Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final match of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Live ScoreEarlier England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Teams:  Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath  England (Playing XI): Andrew Strauss(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlettlast_img read more