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Khasi woman threatened by Assam residents over land for water tank project

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Nongpoh, Sept 24: In a concerning turn of events near Assam’s border, a Khasi family from Barapathar, Ri-Bhoi, has faced threats from Assam residents after generously offering their land for the construction of a water tank under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) scheme.

The affected family, Juki Marwet, a permanent resident of Barapathar, Ri-Bhoi, has been subjected to intimidation by two individuals from Assam, identified as Tutu Majumdar and Nurul Islam.

The matter came to light when village heads reported the threats to the Rangbah Shnong of Barapathar, Soni Nongtri. According to Nongtri, the two Assam residents threatened the Khasi family, instilling fear and uncertainty in the community.

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The Dorbar Shnong had initiated construction work for the water tank on the land graciously provided by Juki Marwet. The project was progressing well until it faced intervention from the Assam government, causing a sudden halt.

Officers from the Land and Revenue Department of the Assam government, along with the Assam police, intervened in the construction work to prevent the potential destruction of the partially completed water tank. However, it was halted by the prompt response of the village heads and police officials from the Pilangkata Outpost.

Village leaders further revealed that Tutu Majumdar and Nurul Islam have a history of disrupting development projects in the area. They were allegedly responsible for the destruction of the foundation stone of village roads constructed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme, resulting in significant chaos within the community.

Assam residents threaten Khasi Family over land for water tank project, demands immediate arrest of the individuals responsible

Regarding the threats made against the Khasi family, village leaders, accompanied by Juki Marwet’s family, have filed an official complaint against Tutu Majumdar and Nurul Islam at the Pilangkata Outpost. They are demanding the immediate arrest of these individuals to ensure the safety and security of the affected family.

Despite the challenges posed by these disruptions, the villagers are resolute in their commitment to completing the water tank project. The successful implementation of the JJM scheme will help secure a reliable water supply for the village, making it a crucial endeavour for the welfare of the community informed the affected family.

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