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Govt orders probe into Dispur clash

GUWAHATI, June 22 – The government will order a probe into the clashes in Dispur area today when a demonstration of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) turned violent forcing the police to resort to force to deal with the situation and there is possibility of making senior officers accountable for the incident.
Highly placed official sources said that the KMSS sought permission for a peaceful demonstration and the senior officers took his word on face value. It is clear that the officers responsible for maintaining law and order failed to apprehend the situation and take measures to deal with it accordingly. A probe will bring the truth to light and there is every possibility that "some heads may roll", sources said.
Clarifying the government's stand on issuing land settlement to landless people, sources said that as per an order of the Supreme Court, no government can give settlement inthe hills which are classified as reserved forest. But the government took a policy decision on the hills, which are not classified as reserved forest to the landless people living there continuously for 15 years.
Sources, however, admitted that it would be difficult to ascertain which are the people who are living continuously for 15 years. At the same time, sources said that some people have even constructed concrete buildings on the encroached land and such people can not be classified as landless people. The government can provide settlement of only one and half katha of land but there are people who encroached bighas of land on the hills, sources said. (AssamTribune)

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