GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court has asked the GMC (Guwahati Municipal Corporation) to submit an affidavit before May 3 regarding an eviction drive conducted at MS Road in the Fancy Bazar area on April 12.
The Court has underlined that the interim order of status quo with regards to the eviction will continue till the next hearing on May 5.
It is to be noted that following the eviction drive on April 12, a writ petition — WP(C) – was filed by the 'Guwahati Zilla Thalua Sak Pasali Byabassyee Sanstha', and its president Biren Kalita and assistant secretary Rana Das.
The petitioners represent the vegetable-and-fruit vendors, who run their businesses on the land situated on the south side of MS Road. This site is contiguous to the northern wall of the earlier Guwahati Jail situated in the area.
The petitioners have been demanding a permanent settlement in respect of the land. A contempt proceeding was also initiated against the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) and the Commissioner, GMC and others. The Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) filed his affidavit in the contempt proceeding wherein, a specific mention was made that a direction was given to the Circle Officer, Guwahati Revenue Circle and Azara Revenue Circle to identify necessary land for settlement of the members of the petitioners.
The petitioners alleged in the writ petition that while carrying out such eviction operation, goods of substantial worth were also taken away causing substantial loss to them.