Green cover downs in insurgency-hit Assam districts

Guwahati: Insurgency has claimed yet another casualty in Assam in the form of decreasing forest cover in strife-torn hilly districts, though the state still boost of a better forest cover than the national average. The forest cover in districts such as Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills has gone down according to Forest Survey report, 2005, Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain informed here on Wednesday. These districts have been encountering serious insurgent problems with tribal militant groups creating grave law and order problems in these virgin lands.