Guwahati: At the least 90 homes in Assam’s Karimganj have been bulldozed throughout an anti-encroachment drive by the district administration Saturday. The drive occurred in what locals say is a Muslim-dominated space of Patharkandi city in Karimganj district which borders Tripura and Bangladesh.

“Ninety homes, kacha and pucca (mud and everlasting)  have been demolished. Twenty JCBs have been introduced in…  there are a number of hundred bighas of encroached land and there are numerous constructions, so we’re demolishing them in phases,” Arpita Dutta Mazumder, the Patharkandi circle officer (CO), advised reporters Saturday afternoon. 

Notices had been furnished prematurely to the homeowners of those homes, she stated, including that authorities had additionally made bulletins and revealed particulars of the anti-encroachment drive in newspapers.

Locals affected by it say they’ve legitimate paperwork for the land, a declare Mazumder refutes. “The papers they’ve proven are inner agreements, it’s not the identical because the official paperwork,” she stated. 

ThePrint reached Mukul Yadav, deputy commissioner of Karimganj district, through calls and messages however didn’t get a response. This report shall be up to date if and when a response is obtained.

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‘Nowhere to dwell’

Movies shot minutes earlier than the anti-encroachment drive started present locals arguing with the district officers and the police. “What’s going to we do when you break our homes,” they could possibly be heard asking the police. 

“I’ve made the home with a variety of problem, there are 15 of us dwelling right here, now we’ve nowhere to dwell. We’ve been dwelling right here for 4 years now,” Amar Hussain, a resident of the world, advised reporters. 

Requested in regards to the drive in Patharkandi, native BJP MLA, Krishnendu Paul, advised ThePrint: “There have been complaints that these persons are coming from exterior and encroaching on tea backyard land owned by Assam Tea Company within the space. The tea backyard panchayat has additionally given a memorandum in opposition to the encroachers.”

Anti-encroachment drives just like the one in Karimganj are routine in Assam. 

In its manifesto forward of the 2021 Assam Meeting elections, the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) had promised voters that if voted to energy, it might “free” authorities land from “encroachers”.

To that impact, related anti-encroachment drivers have been carried out in Jamurihat in Sonitpur district and Lanka in Hojai district final 12 months.

In September final 12 months, two folks had died and several other have been injured in clashes between protesters and the police throughout an anti-encroachment drive in Sipajhar in Darrang district.

(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)

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