Articles by: Shajid Khan

 The house of the victims at Athiabari village near Simaluguri in Lower Assam’s Baksa district on Wednesday. Photo by Shajid Khan.

Brothers lynched by irate villagers in Baksa district of Assam

GUWAHATI: In a hair raising incident, two brothers were allegedly lynched by a mob of irate villagers in the victims residence in Athiabari village near Simaluguri in Lower Assam’s Baksa district 120 kms of Guwahati at about 8 am on April 22. Police suspect that the vicious assault have occurred out of ‘village enmity ‘ as the villagers were fed[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 India
Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

Miscreants burn Islamic religious texts including Quran in Baksa, Assam

The burnt articles inside the Kalapani masjid in Salbari sub-division under Gobardhan P.S in Baksa district on Monday morning. BAKSA,Assam: Unidentified miscreants burnt Islamic religious literature, including 11 copies of the Quran and 3 copies of Hadith (record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad,) and some other religious articles at Kalapani masjid in Salbari sub-division under Gobardhan[Read More…]

by March 3, 2020 India
Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

Activists Enroute Goalpara Detention Camp Barred

Security personnels deployed in the Shimultabu area near Kokrajhar along the Assam-West Bengal border on Friday. GUWAHATI: A group of students travelling to the underconstruction detention camp at Matia of Goalpara were barred from entry into Assam at Shimultabu near Kokrajhar at about 2 pm along the Assam-West Bengal border on Friday. Hundreds of security personnel were pressed into action[Read More…]

by February 29, 2020 India
Unrest in Assam Over Citizenship Bill

Unrest in Assam Over Citizenship Bill

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) an umbrella organization of student organizations of North East India have registered their protest by 11 hour bandh on Tuesday against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which is seen as a threat to the indigenous population which have already been overburdened by the large scale influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The bandh brought the[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 India
Women rushing to a NRC seva kendra at Kalaigaon in Udalguri district of Assam on Saturday.

Assam NRC Update: Fear And Dismay In The State

The final list of updated National Register of Citizen (NRC) that has been published on August 31 which has excluded nearly 19 lakh people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam of their citizenship. In the final draft of NRC, out of 3.30 crore applicants, 31.11 crore names have been found to be eligible for inclusion in updated NRC and[Read More…]

by September 2, 2019 Human Rights, India
Baksa carnage victims yet to get justice after 5 years in Assam

Baksa carnage victims yet to get justice after 5 years in Assam

BAKSA,Assam, May 3: The Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in lower Assam which had witnessed carnage over the years ,the memories of which are still afresh and vivid in the minds of the people and not to say of those who lost their kins for whom justice still remains to be delivered.The 2008 ethnic and communal clashes in Darrang-Udalguri districts[Read More…]

by May 3, 2019 Human Rights
Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

Muslim man in Assam thrashed for allegedly carrying beef, forced to eat pork

GUWAHATI, APRIL 9: In a shocking incident of hate crime reported from Assam’s Biswanath Charali headquarters of Biswanath district, about 240 km north-east of state capital Guwahati a sexagenarian skull capped bearded man identified Shaukat Ali was thrashed by an agitated mob for allegedly selling cooked beef at his eatery, stopped to go for namaz and forced to consume pork[Read More…]

by April 9, 2019 India
In photo: Mother of victim Bhaben Das.

Omitted From NRC: Man Commits Suicide In Assam

UDALGURI,Assam,Mar 5: The updating of the National Register of Citizenship for Assam has ostensibly triggered a rash of suicides, suggesting that it has become a source of tremendous stress and anxiety for segments of the state’s population. These emotions do not necessarily arise from paranoia — after all, exclusion from the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) implies revocation or denial[Read More…]

by March 5, 2019 Human Rights
Man-elephant conflict on rise in Udalguri district of Assam

Man-elephant conflict on rise in Udalguri district of Assam

The continuing man-elephant conflict has taken a serious turn in Udalguri district in the present month of October causing deaths of one wild elephant and four human beings.In yet another death one Alfash Orang(30) was trampled by wild jumbo while he was on way to work in 13 No. Line area of Bhutiachang Tea garden under Paneri PS in Udalguri[Read More…]

by October 26, 2018 Environmental Protection
NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

NRC Exercise ‘Taking a Toll’ on Genuine Indian Citizens in Assam

Tale of a family who lost their kin fighting Bangladeshi tag UDALGURI,Assam,July 8: Even as Assam awaits the much hyped final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) a register containing names of Indian citizens.The fear and apprehension of genuine Bengali Hindu citizens of state being brandished as D-voter,being served notice from Foreigner’s Tribunal to prove citizenship haunts[Read More…]

by July 9, 2018 Human Rights
Childrens holding placards on the awareness programme at Beluguri village in Orang of Udalguri of Assam on Sunday.

Adivasi Women join hands to fight against Alcoholism

UDALGURI,Assam ,May 21: The Adivasi community of state whose fate remains locked decades after the Britshers left them in tea gardens of state are plagued with innumerous socio-economic hardships. In the ‘labour lines’ of tea gardens, in Udalguri of Assam merriment begins as soon as the sun goes down. There is not much by way of entertainment so ‘making merry’[Read More…]

by May 22, 2018 India
Women labourers plucking tea leaves at a plantation in Udalguri of Assam.

Sordid tale of tea estate labourers in Udalguri of Assam

UDALGURI,Assam,May 20: Though the Britishers left the nation, and India attained independence, one community whose fate remained locked and unchanged decades after decades, are the Adivasi community brought for working in tea gardens of Assam.They continue to remain under the grip of deprivation, humiliation and exploitation by the tea garden companies, their authority members and even the government.Besides numerous socio-political,[Read More…]

by May 21, 2018 India
Ashraf Ali along with his daughters an octogenarian motherat his residence in 1 No. Sonjauli village of Dimakuchi in Udalguri of Assam on Thursday.

Genuine Indian Citizens, Released From Detention Camp After SC Order

UDALGURI,Assam November 3: The concerned authorities in Assam assigned to detect and deport illegal immigrants mostly Bangladeshis appears to be on an overdrive when it comes to branding Indian nationals as ‘foreigners’ not only brandishing their power tool to harass genuine Bengali speaking people but even Hindi-speaking people whose ancestors migrated from Bihar,Uttar Pradesh decades back to Assam.Can one imagine[Read More…]

by November 4, 2017 Human Rights
Wildlife Activist Nabajyoti Baruah Strives To Mitigate Man-Elephant Conflict

Wildlife Activist Nabajyoti Baruah Strives To Mitigate Man-Elephant Conflict

The Udalguri district of Assam administered by the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), has seen a steady rise in human-elephant conflict over the past decade. The illegal human encroachment in the age-old elephant corridors of Udalguri district has posed serious threat to ecology of the district since long. What has added to that is unabated felling of trees in Khalingduar Reserve[Read More…]

by October 23, 2017 Environmental Protection
Khampha Borgayari,Deputy Chief of Bodoland Territorial Council(BTC) of Assam releasing the captive breed pygmy hogs in presence of Andrew Terry of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust(WCT) UK and Dr.Gautam Narayan,Director Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme(PHCP) of Assam at Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary of Udalguri on May 29.

Eight Pygmy Hogs Released In Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary

  In a bid to revive the population of critically endangered Pygmy Hogs in its natural habitat a total of 8 captive breed Pygmy Hogs (four male and four female) were formally released in the Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary of Udalguri of Asssam on May 29 by Khampha Borgayari,Deputy Chief of BTC in presence of Andrew Terry of Durrell Wildlife Conservation[Read More…]

by May 31, 2017 Environmental Protection
A Pygmy Hog in its natural habitat released by members of Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme and Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust at Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Grassland Shrinkage Posing Threat To Endangered Pygmy Hog In Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary Of Assam

TANGLA ,ASSAM December 7 – Rapid shrinkage and degradation of the grasslands of the Barnadi Widlife Sanctuary of Udalguri of Assam pose a serious threat to the long-term survival of the critically-endangered pygmy hog that was reintroduced to the sanctuary six months back that were captive breeded in state capital Guwahati. It is to be mentioned that the Durrell Wildlife[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 Environmental Protection
A herd of wild jumbo at Bhutiachang TE of Udalguri district of Assam.

A Tale Of Village Where Humans, Elephants Coexist Peacefully

TANGLA, ASSAM December 5: Can animal and people co-exist sharing land, water and food and live peacefully?Perhaps it is a million dollar question in today’s world where human animal conflict is a burning issue that seeks immediate attention. A village in Bhutiachang TE of Udalguri district of has shown a novel experiment to resolve the elephant-human conflict that started about[Read More…]

by December 6, 2016 Environmental Protection