Gogoi bats for ST status to six Assam communities

Guwahati, November 25 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday requested the Centre to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities in the state which have been on the agitational path for a long time. “The state government has been all along endorsing the demands of the six communities and has been providing all justifications in support of inclusion of the six communities without affecting the rights and privileges of the tribal communities,” Gogoi said in a statement. The six communities — Koch Rajbongshis, Moran, Muttock, Sootea, Tai Ahom and the tea tribes — are currently listed as Other Backward Classes and are demanding to be included in the list of STs as the new status would give them more benefits. Gogoi requested the central government to concede the demands of the six communities.


Heroin worth around Rs.7.91 lakh seized

Aizawl, November (PTI): The anti narcotic squad of Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department seized around 226 gm of heroin worth around Rs.7.91 lakh in the local market and arrested two persons in Aizawl. Department spokesman Peter Zohmingthanga said 154 gm of heroin was seized here on Wednesday, while 43 gm and 29 gms of heroin were seized from two locations in the town on Tuesday in a joint operation with the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) anti narcotic squad. Two persons, including one from Myanmar were arrested for possession of the contraband and booked under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.The drugs were reportedly smuggled from Myanmar via the 404-km-long international border with Mizoram, he added.


Seven children rescued from traffickers

Rangia, November 25 (PTI): Seven children, including three girls, were rescued by police from two traffickers at Dolegaon in Kamrup district today.  Acting on a tip off, a police team rescued the children from a house where the traffickers had kept them before taking them to Chennai, a police officer said. The traffickers, who were arrested, were to engage them in fish industry, the police officer said adding that the children hailed from Bindukuri and Rangapara villages of Sonitpur district.



M’laya: 4 held for GNLF links

SHILLONG, November 25 (PTI): Four persons accused of helping the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were arrested in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district on Tuesday, police said. “We identified the GNLA rebels, who would work as couriers and informers in Chokpot, Tura and Daddengre, and arrested them on Tuesday,” IGP (operations) GHP Raju said. The four were identified as Batchan T Sangma, Latdin M Sangma, Naibinath Ch Sangma and Nalu T Sheik. The first three hail from Meghalaya while the fourth rebel hails from Assam’s Dhubri district. The police said the accused carried ration and supplies on behalf of GNLA.



Man killed for refusing to pay ‘extortion’ money

Lakhimpur, November 25 (PTI): One person was today shot dead allegedly by suspected NDFB-Songbijit militants for ‘not paying extortion’ money in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, police said.  The assailants entered the person’s house at Sinatolia tea estate under Boginadi police station and shot him to death last night, the police said.  His family members claimed that phone calls had been received from callers claiming to be from the NDFB-S about a month ago asking for an amount of Rs one lakh.  A few days ago his house had been looted, his family said, adding he was gunned down for not making the payment.