LAKHIMPUR: Demanding a stop to eviction, the businessmen of North Lakhimpur Adarsha Bazaar staged protest against the Lakhimpur district administration on Wednesday. Adarsha Bazaar Management Committee secretary Lekhan Hazarika told The Sentinel through a press release that the Adarsha Bazaar was established under the leadership of the Lakhimpur district unit of the All Assam Unemployed Association in 1993. Later the Bazaar building was constructed with a fund constituted by the interests of the developmental package granted to the district under the Rastriya Samavikash Yojana, as per application submitted to the then DC by the Unemployed Association. Further, the old businessmen were permitted to continue their business in the newly-constructed building.
It was alleged in the press release that the district administration had issued notice to two businessmen of the Bazaar to vacate their rooms in order to set up the Urban Livelihood Centre in those two rooms, each of 296 square feet. However, the Centre must be set up in a 1,000-square feet building as per guidelines. Vehemently opposing the issue, the businessmen of the Bazaar initiated an indefinite strike from 8 am on Wednesday. The AAUA and Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad extended their support to the protest of the businessmen. On the other hand, it is learnt that the district administration issued notice to the two businessmen for non-payment of room rent for a long period.