Alleged rampant deforestation is going on at parts of Dehing Patkai reserve forest
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ASSAM

Unabated deforestation continues at Dehing Patkai; AASU criticises govt

Century-old trees have been cut down illegally under the alleged very nose of the state forest department

Bidyut Mahanta

Guwahati: Post the suspension of all mining operations on the sub-tropical rainforest of Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuary, alleged unabated large scale deforestation on the forest reserve has been observed lately.

The inclusion of the Dehing Patkai elephant reserve to already existing five national parks of Assam has proven as a silver lining but the alleged illegal ongoing deforestation has posed a serious threat to the extremely luxuriant forest cover and the sundry wildlife.

Out of 110sq. km of Jeypore rainforest, the 24 sq km sanctuary is at a deplorable plight. A home to varieties of cats, elephants, and hoolock gibbon, the forest is now a continuous victim to rampant deforestation by a certain section of anti-social elements.

The forest department of Assam has allegedly failed to stand up to the expectations of the people of the state.

On Thursday, members of Dibrugarh and Naharkatia units of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) went to do a ground reality check on the illegal activities and the general secretary of AASU Dibrugarh, Shankar Jyoti Baruah, said, “The reason why we are here is because in the rainforest, located along the main road between Arunachal and Naharkatia, many valuable trees have been blatantly swan off and taken by illegal traders.” He alleged that the senior-most officers of the state forest department are all in cahoots with the illegal traders.

The large scale clearance of forests, poaching, rat-hole mining, etc., have taken social media to storm from the last couple of days.

The Amazon of the East controversy has now left the inhabitants of Assam in a complete state of anarchy and concern due to the alleged delinquency of the authorities concerned.

The people of Assam have been anticipating a strict and firm action from the government, thereby saving the opulence of the diverse greenwood, the student leader said.

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