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Judicial Magistrate Court to come up at Lakhipur

SILCHAR, March 8: Necessary preparationsand building up infrastructure for the accommodation of Judicial Magistrate Court at Lakhipur as demanded by the people of the sub–division are going on under the supervision of Nabarun Bhattacharjee, SDO (Civil). Final nod came from Gauhati High Court, considering all the pros and cons of setting up the Judicial Magistrate Court.A memorandum in this respect was submitted to the Chief Justice of the High Court by a section of advocates as well as public during his visit here to inaugurate the new building of the District and SessionJudge in January last. The permission was accorded on March 3 and with that expeditious steps are being taken to ensure that the premises in the municipal multiplex building of Lakhipur is made ready for the inaugural function. Kalyan Chandra Dey, Chairman of Lakhipur Municipal Board, and Dinesh Prasad Goala,Chairman of Housefed, former minister and sitting MLA from the constituency have been the prime movers for the Court.Sanjib Kumar Sharma, District and Sessions Judge, Sidharta Pratim Moitra, Additional District and Sessions Judge, and Ramen Barua, Chief Judicial Magistrate visited the proposed site for housing the Judicial Magistrate Court. They were accompanied by L Monon Singha, Advocate, Notary Public, Pradip Kumar Dey, ZPC member and Rabindra Kumar Singha, vice–chairman, Lakhipur Municipal Board.The inauguration of the Judicial Magistrate Court is expected to take place after the Parliamentary elections. People in general of the sub–division have expressed their happiness to see that their long pending demand has at last going to be a reality. With the establishment of the Court, litigant public will not have to take the trouble of coming to Silchar for their legal matters which are not only time consuming but also expensive. It will be like seeking justice at door. (Source: SentinelAssam)

ACKHSA serves 15–day ultimatum to State government

SILCHAR, March 5: All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) has taken serious exception to the methodology and process to appoint teachers in the schools of Barak Valley through TET. Rupam Nandi Purkayastha, advisor of ACKHSA, said that it smacked of a conspiracy of the Ministry of Education headed by Himanta Biswa Sarma to induct candidates from Brahmaputra Valley, depriving the educated youths of this valley. It was not only an instance of gross injustice but also of discrimination towards the youths of the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
As a principle and cannons of equality and justice, only candidates of this valley should be inducted or appointed and in the event of non availability of qualified TET candidates in a particular subject, those from Brahmaputra Valley with requisite qualifications could be considered, Rupam Nandi Purkayastha pointed out. He added to say that this policy of the State government besides being discriminatory was also like “ethnic cleansing in the schools” of Bengali dominated valley with sizeable population of Manipuris, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Hindi speaking people as well as the 16 ethnic tribes. This policy of the Government to thrust its whimsical decision was not acceptable to the 40 lakh people of Barak Valley, he further said.
ACKHSA leader said that the State government must prepare separate district wise list of candidates who came out successfully in TET in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Barak Valley and induct only those in schools hailing from their respective home district. Candidates from outside this valley have to be accommodated in their respective districts. It is a matter of shame, he pointed out, that candidates were subjected to multiple verification at numerous centres including Guwahati. Older candidates facing age bar must be given preference, as also those who are graduates.
The members of ACKHSA demanded establishment of a separate TET centre exclusively for Barak Valley. The State government, he cautioned, should not repeat the follies of the past in imposing Assamese language in this valley and creating hurdles in the path of establishment of a Central University. Taking the issue of appointment of TET teachers as a serious development, ACKHSA today served a 15–day ultimatum to the State government for removing the anomalous and discriminatory process of inducting teachers from outside in the schools of this valley. If proper action was not taken, ACKHSA would be forced to go for long drawn agitation. A memorandum on the issue was submitted to Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar today. (Source: SentinelAssam)

1 dead, 3 injured in tripper accident

SILCHAR, March 3: Tripper movement has become a cause of concern in view of the series of accidents taking place both in the urban and rural areas. Though reasons are yet to be made public by the police handling the cases, one of them, as is being surmised in public, is the heaviness of the machine and also the inefficiency and lack of experience as well as drunkenness on the part of drivers on the seat. Last past midnight, an unloaded tripper severed off on the Central Road of this town and almost mounted on the footpath and rammed through electric and telephone posts, snapping the power and communication lines, besides causing damages to cable lines. The driver, yet to be identified, fled away after the accident. According to a night guard of a complex, the driver was in a drunken state.
Quite recently, a tripper loaded with soil with the number plate of AS 11 AC 9511 also during the midnight severed off the NH 53 near Sontosh Gas Agency on the approach to Chiri bridge at Fulertal in the Lakhipur sub division of Cachar, 30 km from here, and rolled down to hit 6 labourers who were working in a drainage system. As a result of which, Nandesh Mirza (27), resident of Dilkhush tea estate, died on the spot, 3 others identified as Sopu Goala (18) of Dilkhush, Bikram Rickyasan (50) of Dewan, and Ratan Goala (55) of Labac were injured. While Sopu and Bikram sustained light injuries, Ratan was seriously injured and was admitted in the nearby Lamina rural clinic.
The driver was believed to be in a state of drunkenness and after the accident fled away from the scene. He was yet to be arrested, though Lakhipur police has launched a man–hunt. The vehicle was taken under police custody after it came under barrages of attacks with all sorts of handy missiles by the angry and agitated crowd. The vehicle was badly damaged. Quite tragic was the death of Nandesh Mirza who was newly married, barely fortnight ago, to Renuka Mirza. The swelling crowd after the accident took the body of Nandesh Mirza on the middle of the Silchar–Imphal Highway 53 and blocked the movement of all sorts of vehicles following morning for long 4 hours. The blockade was lifted with the intervention of SDO (Civil) Nabarun Bhattacharjee and SDPO Anjan Pandit who reached the spot with a contingent of police and CRPF. It was demanded by the people that adequate compensation should be paid to Renuka Mirza and she should be provided with a job in ICDS centre immediately. Besides, the demand was raised for causing inquiry into the accident on the open Highway without any traffic movement to ascertain the cause or causes. After SDO (Civil) gave assurance in writing to meet their demands, the blockade was lifted. The vehicle owner as an immediate relief handed over Rs 20,000 to the widow of Nandesh. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Bhuban Hills take the shape of carnival on Maha Shivaratri

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SILCHAR, February 28: Thousands of devotees thronged the Bhuban Hills, 50 km from here, to offer their obeisance to Lord Shiva at the famous Shiva temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Thursday night.
The Bhuban Hills in the extreme south east of Barak Valley bordering Manipur and Mizoram is a centre of pilgrimage. Besides the famous temple of Lord Shiva nestle atop the hills covered with deep forests abound with legends and mysteries.
After a journey of 45–46 km from here by bus and other motor vehicles, the devotees reach the place called Panichouki Punji via Motinagar under Dholai constituency of Cachar district and from there to the route towards the famous Shiva temple through the rugged and difficult track. They climb around 4–5 km to reach the shrine.
In order to avoid any untoward incident, the Police administration imposed guidelines, which were unfortunately not strictly followed by the devotees. The Police and CRPF personnel have been deployed in and around the hill to ensure security of the people. Several saints and sanyashis have also flocked to the hill from different parts of the country on the occasion. A fair named Bhuban Mela is also going on at the foothills.
A few NGOs have arranged drinking water, food and medicine for the devotees on the route of Bhuban Hills. The PWD Department has been spraying water on the road to control dust. Sonai Primary Health Centre set up a stall there to give basic medical facility to the devotees if they feel ill. In order to curb the consumption of alcohol and other intoxicated substance at the top of the hill, the Excise Department has imposed a check gate. On Thursday, many local and foreign made alcoholic products were recovered at the gate.
Popular myth about the Bhuban Hill is that in ancient times, the hill abounded with images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Subsequently, Nagas began to settle in the hill, took these Gods and Goddesses to be their ancestors and decided to install them at one place. They tied the images below their waists by long rope and began to drag them whereupon curses befell the Nagas who were hurtled hither–thither and instantly turned into stones. Nearby at one spot, pilgrims find a raised big stone altar on which sits a Naga saint, praying to some deity in penance for atoning the sins of their ancestors.
From there the trek descends sharply and after another walk of two km, a pilgrim or visitor sees in craggy silhouette a colossal cave, an awe inspiring and amazing spectacles. It is a dark place where the sunlight does not reach, where the thin air is suspended softly matching the delicate porcelain blue of the sky, where the visitor cannot but stare in bewilderment. Only a few dare descend its colonnaded steps to reach the base strewn with boulders, where the door of a mysterious and limitless tunnel opens. When, why and how was the tunnel dug up are lost in the mists of time? Was it man made or the result of some cataclysm in the past?
On the left and right sides of the caves are huge stone altars and the candle light shows up the faces of Naga saints, calm and statuesque in deep meditation and prayer to Lord Shiva on it. In the pitched darkness, the massive debris of boulders makes it difficult to locate exactly the entrance to the tunnel. But a closer scrutiny with the help of a torch or candle light reveals the entrance to the tunnel just in the middle and about 25 foot from the mouth of the cave. Both in height and breadth, the tunnel is two foot. One gets into it by crawling.
There is a myth that a person who crosses the tunnel gets salvation from the cycle of births. But none can go beyond 300 foot of the tunnel. Some also say that in the past, saints and sages made their journey through it to Kamakhya near Guwahati.
The well–known Kapil Ashrama, popularly known as Siddheswar Shiva temple, located at Badarpurghat, witnessed the huge turnout of devotees. The number of people swelled many times today compared to Thursday, as the Shivaratri started at 6.41 pm on Thursday and ended this evening. Puja was performed in many small temples across the valley. Many women and girls offer obeisance to Lord Shiva keeping day long fast. (Source: SentinelAssam)