ABSU Demands Enquiry Into Eviction Drive At Gorchuk

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KOKRAJHAR, FEB 3: The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has strongly reacted against the forcefully evicted 45 Bodo families under Nalpara, Gorchuk area that vandalized many houses without prior notice recently alleging that the residents are illegally occupying the land.

The students union has demanded a high level enquiry into the incident of illegal eviction drive on Bodo community, permanent rehabilitation to the 45 nos. of evicted families at the same place with properly compensation etc.

The central committee of All Bodo Students Union and the Guwahati district committee of ABSU submitted a memorandum to the chief minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma through the deputy commissioner of Guwahati (Metro) seeking early rehabilitation steps for the evicted victim families, conduct of a high level enquiry into eviction drive.

An eviction drive was carried out recently along the Gorchuk area under the leadership of forest beat officer, Fatasil had vehemently and forcefully evicted several 45 Bodo families under Nalpara, Gorchuk vandalizing their houses without prior notice alleging that they are illegally occupying the land in the forest areas.

The families of the Nalpara area have been living there since long years back. The possessed land was donated by an NGO “Regional centre for human resource development and social welfare organization”.

But unfortunately, on 31 January, the forest department vandalized their houses damaging their properties and warned to evacuate the place.

The fact is that at the same adjacent area there are more numbers of new houses of different illegal migrants which the department has not evicted them. It is highly injustice to the son of the soil and indigenous tribal people.

” We are very much pleased when you have assured us that tribal people should not be evicted during this government. From a reliable source it is learned that it is not a government order but it is an act of the beat officer. He has been alleged to have taken money from illegal migrant communities”, the memorandum reads.

The students union demanded a high level enquiry into the incident of illegal eviction drive on Bodo community, permanent rehabilitation to the 45 nos. of evicted families at the same place, provide land pattas to the victim families under government policy or FRA Act, 2006 and provide compensation & relief materials to the victim families.

The student union urged the chief minister for intervention into the incident and initiative of rehabilitation steps to the victim families at the earliest measures.