The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) on July 2 launched a fresh eviction drive to evict 35 families from Treang village under Jamunapar Mouza in Karbi Anglong to free the land for construction of a court complex of District Judicial Court.
The eviction drive has been launched as per the directive of the Gauhati High Court to free 25 bighas of land that has been allotted to the District Judicial Court.
“In pursuance of the High Court case No WP (C) 722/2022, the KAAC is pleased to carry out the eviction drive against encroachers at 5 km Baliram Terang village under Jamunapar Mouza,” KAAC joint secretary (department of revenue) said in a notification.
The eviction drive which started at 7:30 am saw the encroachers who have set up a village called Rong Pangthir village came out in large numbers to protest against the drive.
The encroachers claimed that they have been on this piece of land for the past 15 years.
“We have submitted a memorandum to CEM (chief executive member) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and requested him not to evict us. Though the KAAC has arranged a place to relocate us, they have not shown us the place,” said an encroacher.
While condemning the eviction drive, the All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC), Lumbajong Branch president Rajen Timing questioned why the KAAC authority could not carry out an eviction drive in Village Grazing Reserve (VGR) and Professional Grazing Reserve (PGR) in West Karbi Anglong which have been occupied by illegal encroachers.
“There should not be partiality as eviction should be carried out in all encroached lands,” he said.