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Eviction drive at Deepor Beel gathers momentum

Land Grabbing


GUWAHATI, April 3: A case has been registered against the wife of a senior police official in the city while proceedings are on against some other government officials who are facing charges of land grabbing.

Additiol Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister MGVK Bhanu today inspected the Deepor Beel site where an eviction drive launched by the administration entered the fourth day.

Bhanu admitted that there have been reports about government officials capturing land in the area.

“The Chief Minister has directed that action should be taken against all persons involved in land grabbing. We are taking up cases under the Land Grabbing Act,” Bhanu said. Today, the eviction was carried out on the banks of the Pamohi river.

A wall of an industry owned by one rendra Mittal, the wall of tiol Public School and some warehouses were razed down during the drive.

A case has been lodged against the wife of a officer in charge of a police station in Guwahati. She illegally owns a plot in the protected area. Another case has been lodged against the owner of tiol Public School.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had recently said that he had reports about involvement of senior government and police officials in land grabbing in the city.

Official sources said that even of people own myadi plots and construct structures that block the tural channels, those would be evicted.

Over a 100 bighas of encroached land in the Deepor Beel area have been cleared over the last four days.

Bhanu said that the eviction drive will continue till the Deepor Beel and the Silsaku Beel is cleared of all encroachments.

It is learnt that a DFO of the State forest department has been asked by the administration to lodge FIRs against all those people found occupying land in the protected areas.

Sources said that an additiol deputy commissioner and an additiol superintendent of police also have occupied land in those protected areas.

The Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site, supports several endangered species of wildlife.

It is the only permanent tural perennial wetland in Guwahati and a destition of several important migratory birds.

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