Assam Current Affairs - 2019

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Assam govt. sets up Anti Depredation Squads to avoid human-wildlife conflicts

The state government of Assam has set up 15 Anti-Depredation Squads of Forest department to deal with human-wildlife conflicts in state. The squads would help Forest Department to reduce casualties in conflict situations.

About Anti-Depredation Squads

These squads will be stationed in 15 major human-wildlife conflict districts of Assam to deal with problem and ensure the safety of both humans and animals. They will be equipped with all logistics required for mitigating conflict and will have 12 bore pump action guns and rubber bullet ammunition.

State Forest Department has engaged specially trained 50 front line staff to handle conflict situations with 100 more staff to be trained in coming days.

Need: The loss of lives of both humans and animals is unwarranted and squads must spread awareness about avoiding man-animal conflicts. There is also a need to bring casualties to zero by completely reducing man-animal conflict situations. Moreover, the peaceful coexistence is a must for both man and animals. and urged the people of the state to cooperate with the squads in spreading awareness about animal behaviour.

Centre extends ban on Assam-based NDFB by another 5 years

The Centre has extended a ban on Assam-based Bodo insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) citing that the terrorist outfit has continued to indulge its involvement in violent activities which includes killings, extortion and joining hands with anti-India forces. The NDFB was declared an outlawed outfit in 1990s, the ban has been extended every five years since then.

Why is NDFB banned?

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended ban on NDBF under provisions of sub-section (1) of section 3 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. MHA also notified that NDFB was indulging in illegal and violent activities intended to disrupt sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. This is in furtherance of NDBF’s objective of achieving a separate Bodoland. The notification also pointed out that since January 2015, NDFB was involved in 62 violent incidents which resulted in killings of 19 civilians and 55 extremists, besides arresting of 450 ultras and confiscation of 444 arms and weapons.

About NDBF

The NDFB, formed in 1986 to obtain a sovereign Boroland for the Bodo people. Since then NDFB has been engaging in unlawful and violent activities thereby undermining the authority of Union Government as well as Government of Assam. It has also been spreading terror and panic among people and continues to indulge in extortion of money from various sections of society with a view to financing and executing its plans for the creation of a separate Bodoland resulting in killings and destruction of properties of non-Bodos, inhabiting the Bodo-dominated areas in Assam. Moreover, it still continues to embark on a systematic drive for recruitment of fresh cadres with a view to continue its terrorist and insurgency activities.