NAGAON- The Assam government on Monday carried out a massive eviction drive in Nagaon where encroachers have encroached upon more than 980 bigha of land.
Official sources said that over 800 police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the greater Batadrava area and mobilisation of forces have been taking place for 3-4 days.
Officials claimed that notices were sent to around 1,000 alleged encroacher families during October, asking them to clear the land.
“The eviction will take place in around 1,200 bighas of land at various villages under the Dhing revenue circle. The official claimed that , they have publicly announced about the eviction drive and asked the occupants to leave the area after taking their belongings,”.
On September 12, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the Assam Assembly that a total of 4,449 families have been evicted across the state for alleged encroachment since the BJP-led government took charge for the second time in May last year.
The Chief Minister had said that the government did not carry out any investigation on the citizenship of evicted families to find out if they were Indian nationals or foreigners.
As a part of precautionary measure, the state government has directed the nearby Morigaon district administration to be on alert to cooperate in the eviction drive, he added.
“The Batadrava Than Management Committee has welcomed the said eviction drive. On the other hand, there is an outcry among the residents of the area after hearing the announcement of the eviction drive,” he said.