DIPHU, Feb 12: The Diphu District Committee of the Karbi Students Association (KSA Jemson Timung), in their release, stated that extensive sand mining is being carried out on Laichan Nihanglangso River illegally. KSA stated that they have repeatedly informed the DFO, East Division about the violation of the Rivers and Canals Act 1863. The KSA pointed out the forest range officer of Eastern Range, Bokajan, Nickson Ronghang, for adopting pressure tactics on KSA to come to a compromise. KSA alleged that the range officer, Ronghang, has sent his staff to deal with KSA for a compromise and made calls more than 50 times.
The range officer illegally collects Rs 1,500 per truck of sand from sand suppliers despite having necessary documents.
KSA stated that anyone approaching them for a compromise will be viewed as an attempt to bribe and threaten the KSA, and proceedings will be initiated accordingly. The student organisation will not keep silent until range officer Ronghang is punished for causing damage to Laichan Nihanglangso River.