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FIR filed against stone quarrying activities off Kaziranga
Ajit Patowary
 GUWAHATI, Dec 5 - A senior journalist has lodged an FIR with the Karbi Anglong Police on the stone mining activities, including the blasts, carried out by stone quarry owners in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP)-Karbi Anglong-Intangki Elephant Project.

The blasts and other stone mining activities in the Karbi Anglong hills have been posing serious threat to the wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP)-Intangki Elephant Project as well as to the localities in their neighbouring areas, the journalist said. He also pleaded for urgent legal measures against the perpetrators of these nefarious activities.

It needs mention here that the Union government had in 2006 declared a 4,500 square kilometre area, covering KNP-Karbi Anglong-Intangki, as an elephant project area.

Senior journalist Apurba Ballabh Goswami of Station Road, Golaghat, sent his FIR to the Superintendent of Police, Karbi Anglong, through the Golaghat SP. In his complaint, Goswami has named 11 stone quarries, which have been carrying out such blasts in the elephant project area.

He alleged that the blasts and other stone mining activities carried out by these stone quarries at Deithar, Dalmara, Rangbangwe, Bagori, Kuthari, Deopani, Kachanjuri, Anjukpani, etc., areas are contrary to the legal provisions, and have also been disturbing the ecological balance of Karbi Anglong.

The stone mining activities thus carried out by these stone quarries owned by Bokakhat-based Binod Jalan, Ajit Jalan, Mahabir Prasad Agarwala, Ashok Patowary, Hari Agarwala, Hemanta Choudhury, Pradip Agarwala, Amala Choudhury and Samir Moure, Jorhat-based Bharurilal Poddar’s Paramount Industry and Dergaon, Rangamati-based Hindustan Construction Company Ltd, have also been forcing the animals, other than the wild elephants, like tigers, deer, etc., to flee their habitats to stray into human habitations.

This has resulted in acute man-animal conflict in the areas adjacent to the Karbi Anglong hills and KNP. While the elephants have been carrying out depredation in the localities, including the paddy fields, the carnivorous animals have been devouring the domestic animals of these areas.

The stone quarries have been carrying out their mining operation in blatant violation of the Supreme Court of India and National Tiger Conservation Authority’s directives, which have banned all sorts of development activities within the 10-km radius of the KNP.

Moreover, Ajit Jalan has set up a tea estate at Dalamara throwing all norms into wind.

The above named persons and the stone mining companies have been making a mockery of the Union government’s declaration, which identified KNP-Karbi Anglong-Intangki as an elephant project, Goswami said.

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