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DIBRUGARH: Takam Mising Parin Kebeng (TMPK), an influential organisation of the Mising community, has set a deadline of seven days to the government for the rehabilitation of Dodhia villagers.
The villagers of Dodhia-Laikia were protesting for the rehabilitation of the villagers for the last two months in Tinsukia by making a makeshift camp near the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Tinsukia.
Ajay Doley, TMPK assistant general secretary of Tinsukia district, said, “Yesterday we met the Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and he requested us to withdraw the protest because some parties are politicising the issue. The Chief Minister has assured to resolve the issue.”
He added, “The government has provided rehabilitation for Laika villagers at Namphai and Pharpur area and for Dodhia villages an area in Lakhimpur was selected. The villagers did not want to shift because the area is prone to flooding.”
The two villages which are located inside the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park have been the settlement of families who were displaced by the Great Earthquake of 1950.
Laika falls under Tinsukia district and Dodhia in adjoining Dibrugarh district.
The villagers who belong to the indigenous Mising tribe, mostly displaced people from Dhemaji and Dibrugarh districts, have been living in the two forest villages for the last 70 years.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)