Around 4,50,756 bighas of tribal land in Bodoland have been illegally taken over by outsiders, says North East Heritage Foundation
Guwahati: In an attempt to protect the rights of tribal communities in the state, the North East Heritage Foundation (NEHF), a tribal forum from Assam, on Saturday filed a PIL at the Gauhati High Court citing the alarming rate of encroachments taking place in areas falling under Bodoland.
In a press briefing, the NEHF highlighted the threat looming over the integrity and sovereignty of the tribal population in Assam. It informed that around 4,50,756 bighas of tribal land falling within the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) have been illegally encroached by outsiders in the past few decades.
“There is a doubt even in the citizenship of these encroachers,” the forum added.
Attacking the Bodo political leadership, the NEHF alleged that the tribal leaders who have “submerged their emotions into the sewage of dirty politics” have gone silent without raising concerns over the matter.
Meanwhile, the forum has appealed the home department, both at the Centre and the state, to take cognizance over the matter and initiate immediate action in support of the interest of indigenous people.