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Eviction Drive on hold, Assam Government finding ways to settle land row

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Akhil Gogoi

By- Correspondent | Date- July 30, 2011

There is no plan as of now to run an eviction drive in the hills of Guwahati, as confirmed by sources of the Assam Government. However the Government has directed the district administration to implement a preventive action to stop any further encroachments.

A committee was formed after the June 22 violence in which three persons were killed. It has been constituted to frame a policy to allot land to landless people already. This committee has already discussed twice with various members of civil society and NGOs on the matter. All suggestions and advices pertaining to this matter have a deadline of August 7, after which the Government will enact the final policy. On the other hand, discussions are also taking place the officials of Forest department on the matter.

It is to be mentioned that at the call of Akhil Gogoi led Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Guwahati Mati Pattan Samiti, a violent day had passed in Guwahati on June 22, 2011. Three persons including a child were killed and over 50 people including several policemen were injured when police opened fire to quell a violent protest demonstration against the Government for the recent eviction drive of illegal settlers in and around Guwahati. However several sources later suggested that miscreants from other political parties were involved in the rampage created, which was aimed at destroying Akhil Gogoi’s movement .Later, a one man commission headed by Justice (Retired) SK Kar was constituted to investigate about the violent protests that took place on the day.

There are over 65 thousand household in the hills of Guwahati, as per a recent survey.

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Eviction Drive on hold, Assam Government finding ways to settle land row

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