Guwahati: In an eviction drive carried out by the Kamrup district administration in co-operation of the police, houses of 18 families were evicted in Jalukbari on Monday. The eviction drive that started from around 8 am in the morning lasted for about two hours. Over 200 policemen and police forces jointly carried out the eviction drive and demolished houses with the help of JCBs.
It needs to be mentioned here that the houses were illegally built on government land allotted for the Saraighat bridge. It may also be added that the people living there had been illegally occupying around 20 acres of government land for the last 20-25 years.
It may be noted that the people residing there had been given legal notice earlier on Friday. However, the locals did not pay any heed to the notice. Speaking to the Sentinel, one of the District
Administration officials stated that the eviction drive was taken up with the intention of beautifying the city and preserving the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Cemetery at Jalukbari. Meanwhile, expressing rage and discontentment on this drive, a woman from an evicted household said that they had nowhere to go and this was least expected. She further demanded financial aid regarding the settlement of their families.