The Gauhati Excessive Court docket has handed an interim order defending over 200 households from eviction and coercive motion in Assam. The households, all residents of Bachashimalu village, that falls beneath the jurisdiction of Dhekiajuli Police Station in Sonitpur district of Assam, have been served notices on November 15, 2021, asking them to vacate their houses on December 15.

That’s after they moved court docket and submitted that aid had been granted by the identical court docket in 1989 to 81 residents going through an identical scenario, and that it should subsequently be prolonged to them in addition to they have been descendants of those 81 residents who had been granted the land for settlement in 1978 by the State Authorities as they have been landless.

In its interim order the court docket recorded the petitioner’s submission, “It’s contended by the petitioners that earlier 81 individuals as petitioners approached this Court docket in Civil Rule No. 867/1982 in opposition to such eviction notices issued beneath Rule 18 (2)(3) of the Assam Land and Income Regulation for his or her eviction from authorities land of No. 1 Basasimalu village, Mouza-Barchalla, district-Darrang concerned within the case, praying amongst others for settlement of stated authorities land with them which was beneath their possession when it comes to the Communication No. RSS.96/71/25 dated 29.11.1978 issued by the State Authorities within the Income (Settlement Division), Settlement Department relating to settlement of land to the individuals who doesn’t possess any land of their names.”

The court docket recorded earlier proceedings within the matter, “It’s positioned that by the judgment and order dated 21.07.1989, a Division Bench of this Court docket disposed of the stated Civil Rule No. 867/1982 with the statement that the petitioners of stated Civil Rule No. 867/1982 shall not be evicted until the query of settlement of the land with them as per the coverage choice referred within the stated judgment is determined by the suitable authority, if they’re in possession of the land concerned in that case as on the date of the stated judgment i.e. 21.07.1989.” The court docket additional recorded, “It’s also said by the petitioners that after the stated judgment dated 21.07.1989, the respondents have settled authorities land with among the petitioners of stated Civil Rule No. 867/1982 beneath their possession and that the current petitioners are the descendants of these 81 petitioners concerned in Civil Rule No. 867/1982.”

The petitioners have additionally made a illustration earlier than the Minister of Income and Catastrophe Administration informing them of the above. Due to this fact, the Court docket adjourned the matter to February 2, 2022, and ordered, “On the following date fastened, (i) the Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur, Tezpur, respondent No. 2; (ii) the Extra Deputy Commissioner (Income), Sonitpur, Tezpur, respondent No. 3 and (iii) the Circle Officer, Dhekiajuli Income Circle, Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur shall apprise the Court docket the explanations for issuance of the impugned eviction notices dated 15.11.2021 to the petitioners issued by the involved Circle Officer.”

Most importantly, the court docket prolonged to the petitioners, safety from any coercive motion within the interim interval. The court docket stated, “Within the interim, it’s directed that the respondents shall not take any coercive measure in opposition to the petitioners when it comes to stated eviction notices beneath No. DRC-13/2017-18/2056 dated 15.11.2021 issued by the Circle Officer, Dhekiajuli Income Circle, Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur with out disposing of the stated illustration of the petitioners that was acquired by the Circle Officer, Dhekiajuli Income Circle, Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur on 03.12.2021.”

All the order could also be learn right here: 

Temporary background of evictions in Assam

As we’ve got reported beforehand, the Assam state authorities has been conducting an eviction drive to rid public land of individuals it calls “encroachers”. They are saying this land will then be handed over to indigenous youth for agricultural functions. As a part of this eviction drive lots of of households have been evicted from Gorukhuti, Phuhurtuli and different close by villages that fall within the Sipajhar circle of the Dhalpur area of Darrang district.

On September 20, round 200 households have been forcibly evicted from their houses in Phuhurtuli in Dhalpur. It’s noteworthy that 49 households close by had been evicted from the identical space on June 7. Then got here the fateful day of September 23. At midnight residents of Gorukhuti have been despatched discover of eviction through Whatsapp, in full contravention of set process and legislation. The following morning, they have been thrown out of their modest huts, with little time to assemble collectively their meagre belongings. District officers had arrived with armed police personnel, and when individuals protested the injustice, police opened fireplace. Two individuals, Maynal Haque and Sheikh Farid, have been killed within the firing.

Whereas Maynal Haque was a day by day wage earner, chargeable for feeding his household of aged mother and father, a spouse and three young children, Sheikh Farid was a 12-year-old boy returning residence from a close-by Aadhaar Card centre. What was additionally stunning was how, once more in full contravention of set process, police didn’t shoot individuals beneath the knee. In truth, victims and survivors sustained bullet wounds to their head, face, chest and abdomen.


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