Guwahati diary: From formalin fish scare to awards for Hima Das

The prices of local fish have sky-rocketed in Guwahati in the aftermath of the state government’s enforcement of a 10-day ban on imported fish.

Published: 20th July 2018 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2018 06:05 AM   |  A+A-

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Formalin scare: Local fish prices shoot up
The prices of local fish have sky-rocketed in Guwahati in the aftermath of the state government’s enforcement of a 10-day ban on imported fish. The ban was imposed after authorities had found fish from outside to be formalin-laced. A team of traders and senior government officials from Andhra Pradesh, which is a major fish exporting state, visited Assam recently to take stock of the situation. They denied fish being laced with formalin in Andhra. RTI activist and leader of peasants’ body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee, Akhil Gogoi, alleged Assam minister Pijush Hazarika had vested interests behind the enforcement of the ban on imported fish.

I have foes within party, claims MP RP Sarma
Assam MP RP Sarma claims he has enemies within his party BJP. His charge pertained to the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission in which his daughter Pallavi, who was serving as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Sivasagar, was arrested along with 18 other officers of the state’s civil administration and police on Wednesday. Sarma alleged that some of his party colleagues hatched a conspiracy to ensure that he was not issued ticket by the BJP to contest in Lok Sabha election. “These elements want to tarnish my image so that I am not issued ticket to contest the election from Tezpur. I will soon disclose their names,” he told TNIE.

Plethora of cash awards for Hima Das
It is raining cash on Assam’s new track and field sensation Hima Das, who clinched a gold medal in the women’s 400-metre race at the IAAF World U-20 Championships at Finland. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the state government would offer C50 lakh to the athlete when she returns to Assam. He said she would also be felicitated. Former CM Tarun Gogoi announced C1 lakh for Hima from a trust that is run in the name of his parents. The Assam Athletic Association and the Assam Olympic Association have also announced C2 lakh each and former minister Gautam Roy announced C1 lakh.

Now, MLA becomes victim of cybercrime
Assam MLA Utpal Dutta is the latest high-profile victim of cybercrime.  Miscreants looted `14.5 lakh from his SBI account of Dispur branch. The Asom Gana Parishad MLA came to know of the fraud when his wife visited the bank branch recently to withdraw money. His registered mobile number, linked to the account, was changed on May 19 but the MLA had no idea about it. Dutta suspects that a section of bank employees are involved in the swindling. He alleged the authorities of the bank branch were not cooperating with him. The MLA filed a case with the police, who said they were  probing the matter.

Prasanta Mazumdar
Our correspondent in Guwahati
prasantamazumdar@newindianexpress.com

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