DIPHU, Nov 17: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) Dima Hasao district committee has accused
the chief executive member (CEM) of NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Debolal Garlosa of
snatching land of the Karbis in the guise of development under Garampani member of autonomous
council (MAC) constituency in Dima Hasao district.
Addressing the media on Thursday, the secretary of BJYM-DHDC, Chandra Enghi said, “In the name of
development of infrastructure in Karbi inhabited areas like Choto Langpher and Tortelangso their land
have been snatched away by the DHAC authority led by CEM Gorlosa.”
Enghi stated that the above mentioned areas of Karbi land have been converted into DHAC reserved
forest. With the declaration of reserve forest, the Karbi villagers have nowhere to go. Enghi also
mentioned that the CEM has assured of compensation for the land, but the DHAC authority has not
done it till now.
There are historical places in Tortelangso like Longku and Longtar Alongri. Longtar waterfall has also
been changed to some other name. The Karbis of Tortelangso were the first inhabitants of the area.
he BJYM secretary further alleged that there is a stark discrimination in the filling up of jobs under
DHAC. In the last term there were 373 vacancies under DHAC. In the document it was stated that three
Karbis got appointments, but when checked it was found that only one Karbi got appointment as a peon
in the forest department.
He also alleged that in the present term more than 300 job vacancies have been advertised for Grade III
and IV posts. However, only one Karbi was given appointment. In Dima Hasao district the Karbis are
mostly found in Sangbar and Dijungbra blocks. Chairmen were given to Karbis in these two blocks, but
now it has been denied. In Panimur, land belonging to Karbis has been converted into an eco-tourism
spot, Enghi said.