From our Correspondent
SOPUR, July 15: A team of officials from Sopur Revenue Circle led by Revenue Circle Officer Munindrath te today evicted thousands of shops and houses erected illegally on the land of the tiol Highway Authority of India (NHAI) between 14 Mile and Byrnihat.
The move, according to the Circle Officer, was taken to get rid of frequent violence and clashes that take place in the area where thousands of illegal shops and houses have sprung up. Encroachment upon NHAI land has been rampant there, the Circle Officer said.
Meanwhile, the permanent settlers in the area lauded the action taken by the Sopur Revenue Circle.
A few days back, there was a clash after two youths of a particular community beat up a youth of another community, mistaking him as a thief. According to the local people, the youth beaten up was innocent. The local people of both the communities were about to put an end to the dispute through a meeting. However, when the meeting was underway, a section of miscreants set the local market afire and that burnt as many as ten shops into ashes.
In order to prevent of any such incidents from reoccurring in the area in the future, a peace meeting was held with Revenue Circle Officer Munindrath te in the chair. ACP Hari Chandra Sarma was also present at the meeting. He appealed to the people in the area to live peacefully. He also appealed to the people to inform the police immediately if they see any suspicious people roaming around there.
The meeting also formed a 12-member peace committee with Luster Changa as president and Sopur police station officer in-charge Ratneswar Das as general secretary.
Considering the distance of the place from the Sopur police station, the people of the area demanded of the administration to set up a police station and a fire brigade centre at 15 Mile.