Locals gherao Kulsi river in Udalguri, protest against illegal sand mining

Udalguri, October 12: Irked with the reported rampant illegal sand mining in Kulsi river, Udalguri district, several locals of Harisinga under the banner Prakritik Surakshya Sampad Samiti gheraoed the river bank on Friday.

Hundreds of people holding placards marched towards the Kulsi river and blocked the river bank in the morning hours on Friday.

It may be mentioned that due to the reported illegal sand mining, one minor girl had lost her life earlier this month, following which the locals have been protesting against the illegal activities taking place in the river bank.

Today, the protesting body have submitted a memorandum to State Forest Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya highlighting their demands.

The locals have further alleged forest department official Madhurjya Sharma and forest range officer Satyaram Bodo of a having “secret understanding with the illegal sand mafias”.