DIPHU, Aug 30: The Karbi Nationalist Youth Council (KNYC) on Wednesday gheraoed the office Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) at Diphu in protest against the government’s failure to duly compensate people who have lost their land due to the ongoing construction of a four-lane road between Parokhuwa and Lahorijan.
They also burnt effigies of the KAAC’s land and revenue department’s executive member, Amarsing Tisso and joint secretary, Tensing Rongpi during the protest.
The under construction four-lane of the National Highway 36 passes through the district.
Led by KNYC president Padmo Teron, the protestors could be heard shouting slogans like “Amarsing Tisso murdabad” and “Tensing Rongpi murdabad”.
Addressing the media later, Padma Teron said, “Corruption is not a new thing for the people of Karbi Anglong. Several such allegations of corruption on the part of elected members and officers of the autonomous council have come to light several times in the past.”
“Several landowners, whose lands were requisitioned for construction of the four-lane road between Parokhuwa to Lahorijan, have not received any compensation. EM Tisso, who is in charge of the land and revenue department, has not taken the necessary measures to release the compensation,” said Teron.
“There are also many people who have also wrongfully forged land documents to claim compensations in place of the ones who genuinely deserve them,” he further said.
The KNYC had also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) case at the Gauhati High Court. Meanwhile, the court has directed them to provide the names of the beneficiaries, who have not received compensation from KAAC.
The protesters also claimed that the joint secretary in-charge-of the land and revenue department did not furnish the names of the beneficiaries to hide the truth.