Concerned with the recent eviction of the Khasi-Pnar villagers living in Cachar district, the Jaiñtia National Council (JNC) has demanded the Meghalaya government to take up the issue with its counterpart in Assam.
In a statement, the organisation slammed the Assam government for trampling upon the rights of the people, who have been living there for over hundred years, right for the British period.
It also questioned the Meghalaya government’s failure to address issues concerning the Khasi-Pnar people living in Assam and said the government is also responsible to such villages lying under Assam in order to protect their land, identity and culture.
It may be mentioned that the Cachar district administration conducted an eviction drive in three villages of Dabinalla, Durgacherra and Durbintilla, dominated by the Khasi-Pnar community to pave wave for construction of high voltage pillars by NEEPCO.
Plantations in these three villages of Dabinalla, Durgacherra and Durbintilla were razed to the ground as the Assam Forest Department that claims that the land fall under the Borail Wildlife Sanctuary.