MANGALDAI, Jan 11 - The Darrang district administration on Thursday carried out an eviction drive near Mangaldai Commerce College and along the eastern bank of Mangaldai river at Ward No. 6 of Mangaldai town.
A massive team of revenue and Mangaldai Municipal Board staff and labourers assisted by two bulldozers under strict security cover carried out the eviction drive to free government land of several bighas reportedly encroached upon by around 55 families.
Senior civil and police officials of the district, including SP Sreejith Thiraviam, ADC (Revenue) Hari Prasad Bora and ASP (Headquarter) Satyajit Nath monitored the day-long drive which ended peacefully as the team did not face any resistance from the illegal settlers.
Talking to this Correspondent after the drive, the Circle Officer of Mangaldai Revenue Circle Dipsikha Saikia, who had been leading the drive, said that the team demolished 20 dwelling structures, including concrete ones and was ready to demolish the remaining 30 odd structures as well.
However, the drive had to be stopped midway as they received an order from the local Munsif court which intervened in response to a petition by a group of people occupying the government land .
“The court fixed the date of hearing on January 19 on the matter. However, we are hopeful that the court would set aside the petitioners’ claim and we would be able to carry forward our eviction drive to free all portions of the government land.”
Several proposals for setting up government offices have already been passed for the said portion of land, but due to the said encroachment, we have never been able to carry out demarcation nor offer possession to the authorities of the said government offices,” informed Circle Officer Saikia.
Meanwhile, Sahir Bhuya, a Junior Engineer of the PWD (Roads) Department by profession and leader of a public body named Goriya Moriya Deshi Jatiya Parishad, while witnessing the eviction, publicly criticised the administration for being biased in chosing the site for eviction.
However, the administration’s reaction to the above allegation could not be gathered till the time of filing this report.