Gauhati HC Stays Eviction Drive in Barchala Till Jan 2

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Published: December 17,2021 01:28 PM
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The Gauhati High Court has put on hold the eviction drive that was to be conducted by Assam government authorities in Barchala No 1 Basasimalu village. The stay order will be in place till January 2.

December 17, 2021: The Gauhati High Court has put on hold the eviction drive that was to be conducted by Assam government authorities in Barchala No 1 Basasimalu village. The stay order will be in place till January 2 next year. The order was passed after the Court heard a plea filed by 243 families living in the village.



The Assam government has identified 16 places encroached by illegal settlers, mostly migrant Muslims. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that these are government land, and the illegal settlers have encroached on it for a long time. Notice has been served to all the settlers to vacate the government land, or the state government will soon start eviction drives in these places.



After the eviction drive in Dhalpur and Lumding, the Assam government was planning to conduct the eviction drive in Barchala and Dhekiajuli Char (riverine areas). Migrant Muslim encroachers from nearby areas have encroached on the char areas of the Barchala and Dhekiajuli constituencies and changed the demography of these two Hindu majority constituencies, CM Sarma had said.



On Saturday, (December 11), CM Sarma told the media that all these encroachments would be evicted in the next four and a half years during his tenure as the chief minister of Assam.



The government has constituted a high-level committee to assess the encroachment status of land belonging to the Satras (Vaisnavite monasteries). Once the committee, headed by senior AGP MLA Pradip Hazarika and BJP MLAs Mrinal Saikia and Rupak Sharma, submits their report to the government, the encroachers will be pulled out of the Satras land.



Assam government has evicted 7000 acres of land in Dhalpur, Gorukhuti, in September this year, and the evicted land has been converted to an integrated Agri farm engaging thousands of local youth. Likewise, 1400 acres of forest land in Lumding was evicted in November this year, which was encroached by thousands of migrant Muslim families.