Laika-Dodhia villagers keep stir on; pregnant woman at camp falls ill



A pregnant woman, camping with protesters, demanding rehabilitation of over 1400 families living in Laika and Dodhia villages under Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Upper Assam, fell ill and was admitted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh in critical condition.

“The woman, Kusmita Morang (24) of Dodhia village, was referred to AMCH from the Tinsukia Civil Hospital yesterday in a serious condition. She was unconscious at that time and now being treated at AMCH. This just about sums up the apathy by the district authorities towards the protesters who have braved the cold to stay put in the makeshift camps for 18 days now,” a member of Laika and Dodhia Rehabilitation Committee, Apio Taid, said on Thursday.

The protesters have been camping at Lezaihola Borguri near the office of the Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner for 18 days now.


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Protesters include members of the Laika and Dodhia Rehabilitation Committee, which is leading the agitation and slamming the indifference of the district administration towards the condition of the protesters at the temporary camps.

The Assam government had on December 30, 2020, constituted a ten-member committee to find ways for relocation and rehabilitation of families living in the villages to find a permanent solution for the rehabilitation of the residents by the end of this month.

“We do not have any faith in the government as assurances in at least two alternative forest areas (Torani and Mamoroni) in Tinsukia district since the past two-three years have not been fulfilled,” Taid said.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)