Assam Environment & Wildlife Activist threatened by ‘Powerful Persons’; seeks Police protection

Guwahati, May 24: Environment and wildlife conservation activist and a resident of Bokakhat near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Rohit Choudhury has approached the Bokakhat PS seeking protection to his life.

“I am a public-spirited person and have been working for the issues related to conservation and protection at Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve, and various other environmental issues in the state of Assam. My various cases are ongoing before Central Empowered Committee of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble National Green Tribunal, New Delhi,” he wrote in the FIR.

He further stated that “On 20th April, 2018, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi has recommended to the Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam to stop the mining, quarrying, stone crusher activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Landscape.”

Expressing fear that he might be targeted for the same, he has written, “I have come to know from various sources that rich and powerful persons involved in illegal mining around Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve, may try to cause physical harm to me and my family members.”

“A sense of fear is being created in the area by powerful vested interest involved in illegal mining to pressurize me to withdraw my ongoing cases pending before the Central Empowered Committee of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble National Green Tribunal’ New Delhi, which are related to the conservation & protection of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve,” he further wrote.

Speaking to TIME8, Chaudhury stated that the mining activities are happening in the area around Kaziranga National Park and his strong opposition to these illegal activities has put him in danger. This is also not the first time he has felt threatened like this, he added.

TIME8 had earlier reported about the NTCA asking Assam Govt to Ban mining, stone crushing in Kaziranga following Rohit Choudhury’s complaint.

Ban mining, stone crushing in Kaziranga : NTCA to Assam Government