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    •                                              Dated Guwahati the 20 th of January 2014 To Mr Ashutosh Agnihotri Deputy Commissioner Kamrup (Metro) District Guwahati Subject : Appeal to prevent dislocation of Turtles from   Jorpukhuri  pond,   Uzanbazar,   Guwahati   and   enquire   into   the   workings   of   the  Ugratara temple. Sir, I   am   Dr   Satyakam   Phukan,   I   am   a   Consultant   Surgeon   in  independent   practice,   with   attachment   to   Wintrobe   Hospital,  Ambari, Guwahati. I reside on the north bank of the west pond of the  twin ponds of Jorpukhuri at Uzanbazar locality of Guwahati city. Dwarf Turtle (দৰা) on the bank of Jorpukhuri pond 1
    • Dwarf Turtle (দৰা) basking on a bamboo The west pond of the  west pond of the twin ponds of Jorpukhuri is a  scene of tranquillity in the busy and bustling city of Guwahati. Along  with the ducks, swan, fishes and other beautiful creatures dwelling  in it there are a  good number of Turtles  which  inhabit this pond.  Among the Turtles there are some larger variety of large Turtles and  a   larger   number   of   smaller   dwarf   Turtles   known   in   Assamese   as  “Dura(দৰা)”.   It   is   really   a   good   and   refreshing   sight   seeing   the  2
    • Turtles basking in the sun on the banks and on the floating objects. Bigger Turtle on the bank and in water Sadly enough due to what I have come to know as sheer superstitious  belief   of   some   persons   who   are   self   associated   with   the   Ugratara  temple which is looking after the said pond, the existence of these  beautiful are in great danger. It seems they themselves believe and  are also propagating  stories  about  ill omens  associated with  these  innocent   turtles.   They   are   spreading   false   and   concocted   stories  about predatory nature of these innocent turtles preying on ducks  and   swans   of   the   pond.   These   stories   are   being   spread   with   the  intention of removing the turtles from the said pond.  The made the their first attempt the year 2012. The Ugratara temple  3
    • authorities give contract for fishing by net to private parties from  time to time. In the year 2012 during one such fishing operation I  came to know that they were planning to remove Turtles which may  be   caught   in   the   fishing   net.   Prior   to   the   starting   of   the   fishing  operation I personally asked some of these persons associated with  such activities on whether they really plan to remove the Turtles as  rumoured in the locality. They flatly denied about any such move.  But on the day of fishing when the workers of the private fishing  contractor were working on the net, I asked one of them on my way  back   from   hospital   at   around   1   pm,   what   they   will   do   with   the  Turtles which will may be caught on the net. The worker told me that  they have been instructed   remove the Turtles that gets caught in  their nets, giving them the liberty of whatever means they take to  dispose off the Turtles from the pond. I told the fishermen in their  nets to keep back the Turtles in the pond and explained to them it is  illegal   to   take   Turtles   and   rushed   straight   to   the   Latasil   Police  station. I met one officer their and informed them that the Turtles  are a highly protected species of wildlife and that some person are  4
    • conspiring to remove the Turtles from Jorpukhuri pond. The Officer  sent along with me two policemen, who came and warned the Temple  authorities and the fisherman not to remove the Turtles and guarded  till the end of the fishing.  For that time being, the Turtles got saved and some animal lovers  organisations also came into scene and started to keep track of the  well being of the Turtles. But the conspirators continued their game.  They started spreading rumours about the  bigger among the Turtles  being predatory in nature and preying on the ducks and swan of the  pond. But most important they tried to spread this false idea as an  evil omen and the Turtles of the ponds as haunted creatures, all in  the conspiratorial attempt to remove the Turtles. Thus the Turtles  became equivalent of the Witches which are being hunted down in  many of the rural areas of Assam and the common term being heard  in   the   locality   is   “Narakhadak   Kaso  নৰখাদক কাছ”  or   “Man­Eater  Turtles”. 5
    • Pump being used to drain out water from the pond I am sending this information to you because at present those same  people in the name of the Ugratara temple authorities are pumping  out water from the west pond of the Jorpukhuri pond since last few  days and are doing this supposedly for purification of the water since  the finding of an unidentified corpse of man in the pond some days  back. Mentionable is that the Ugratara temple is supposed to be run  by   a   committee   at   the   head   of   which   is   the   District   and   Sessions  Judge Kamrup, the Doloi (দৈল) or the head of the temple is supposed  to   be   elected   from   among   many   senior   priests   known   as  Bordeuris(বৰেদওৰী). Regretable  enough, many unauthorised people  6
    • are   hijacking   the   day   to   day   affairs   of   the   temple   and   all   the   ills  described   above   and   to   be   described   below   are   due   to   the   undue  meddling interference of those unauthorised and unentitled elements  mentioned above. Another reason the waters of the Jorpukhuri west tank attached to  the Ugratara temple being drained is because of the waters of the  pond becoming very stagnant and filled   with thick layer of Green  Algae.  Stagnant water with green Algae and scum 7
    • This has happened because outlet for the water in the south eastern  corner of the pond have been blocked since last few years since the  beginning  of  the interference in  the affairs  of the temple by  those  unauthorised   and   unentitled   elements   mentioned   above.   Since   the  outlet by which the waters of the pond drains out via the drain which  takes the water towards Ambari have been blocked with stones and  Outlet blocked with sandbags and stones sand bags, the waters have become stagnant and become overgrown  with Green Algae. The Algae scum can be seen at various places in  the    pond  but   more  towards  the  south   eastern   part.   I  have  asked  8
    • some of those people why they have blocked the outlet, the answer is  to keep the fishes from moving out. I came to know that after draining the water from the pond they are  again   planning   to   remove   the   Turtles   from   the   pond.   I   sent  information   to   many   concerned   persons   particularly   groups   and  persons   concerned   with   the   Turtles.   Through   some   of   them  information was sent to the Forest Department. I got the information  that yesterday some officials from the Government of Assam's Forest  department came and met the Ugratara temple authorities and some  local   people   and   warned   against   handling   the   Turtles   without  informing   the   Forest   Department.   But   these   people   as   per   my  information, have tried to impress upon the Forest officials that they  want to remove the Turtles to some river or Dighalipukhuri tank as  because   there   is   excess   of   Turtles   in   the   pond.   The   reality   is   the  Turtles are quite at home in the pond and in right numbers but there  is excess of malafide intention on part of the conspirators who want  their removal on pure imaginary and superstitious grounds. 9
    • In addition to this issue of Turtles described above I would like to  intimate you about other wrongful deeds of these persons mentioned  above, in the interest of  giving you a complete picture. The Ugratara  temple   is   an   ancient   temple   dating   back  into  historical   times   and  there   are   many   historical   relics   in   the   temple   complex   and   in   its  immediate vicinity. Many such relics are being tampered with and  many removed from the temple premises at the behest of the group of  persons   mentioned   above.   In   the   month   of   December   2000   they  started   construction   of   a   new   temple   inside   the   temple   premises  which   has   led   to   congestion   and   deformation   of   the   historical  appearance of this ancient monument.  During   that   construction  many   historical   relics   in   the  form   of   carved   stones   and  others were found and it was  reported   in   The   Assam  Tribune   dated   25th  of  December   2000.   But   today  10
    • hardly few them remains in the temple  complex  most of them are  being   disposed   off.   On   the   bank   of   Jorpukhuri   pond   in   the   just  outside   the   Ugratara   temple   wall   is   large   stone   slab   with   an  inscription in Assamese script and language from the time of Ahom  Swargadeo Siva Singha describing the event of the construction of  the Ugratara temple by a Barphukan of the Ahom Kingdom under  orders   of   Queen   Phuleswari.   That   historical   stone   slab   has   been  painted with red cement paint.     Inscription in 2011 Presentl y with cement paint 11
    • Not only the inscription many of the ancient stone idols inside the  temple premises have also been red cement painted, destroying their  ancient originality .    Cement painted stone idols inside the wester n gate of Ugr atar a temple 12
    • In   view   of   the   above   I   wish   make   the   following     prayers before you   : 1. Take up the matter of the Turtles seriously with the   Forest Department officials. 2.   Ensure   that   once   the   water   is   completely   drained   out   of   the   pond,   the   Turtles   should   be   immediately   placed in the custody of the Forest Department. 3.   Ensure   that   once   water   refills   in   the   pond,   the   Turtles should be returned to their previous habitat   in   the   west   pond   of   the   Jorpukhuri,   after   proper   assessment   of   their   viability   there   by   Forest   department. 4. Ensure that no Turtles is relocated to other location   on ground that there is excess of Turtle in the pond   because   that   ground   is   based   on   pure   falsehood   guided by superstitious and imaginary beliefs of some   abnormal people. 13
    • 5.   Enquire   into   the   working   of   the   Ugratara   temple   and   see   that   no       unauthorised   and   unentitled   abnormal   persons   are   able   to   meddle   in   the   temple   affairs   and   coerce   and   misguide   the   priests   and   regular   workers   of   the   temple   to   do   abnormal,   impractical and unsocial deeds. Thanking you. Yours sincerely Dr Satyakam Phukan Jorpukhuripar, Uzanbazar Guwahati, Assam P.I.N : 781001 Phone : 9954046357 14