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Assam Govt has launched a massive eviction drive in Nagaon

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To clear nearly 400 acres of encroached land in Nagaon under heavy security, the Assam government has started a massive eviction drive.
According to officials, the eviction drive is taking place in four villages close to Nagaon’s Batadrava, the Vaishnav saint Srimanta Sankardeva’s birthplace.

According to Leena Doley, Superintendent of Police for Nagaon, the eviction drive started early this morning with the deployment of more than 600 security personnel and has been peaceful so far.

Officials from the district administration claimed that notices requesting them to clear the land were sent to about 1,000 families in October for allegedly encroaching on government property.

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A similar eviction drive in Darrang, Assam, had turned violent last year, killing two people, one of whom was a minor, and injuring more than 20 others.

People with knowledge of the situation said that the Assam government began an eviction drive on Monday to remove encroachments from nearly 1,000 bigha of land (1.35 sqkm) near Batadraba Than, the location of Srimanta Sankardev’s birth. Srimanta Sankardev was a saint-scholar and socioreligious reformer who lived in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Since the BJP-led government took office for a second time in May of last year, 4,449 families have reportedly been forcibly removed from their homes across the state, according to the Assam Assembly’s hearing on the matter on September 12.

“Roughly 136 ‘bighas’ (45 acres) of our land, which was formerly used for cultivation, began to be encroached upon in the years between 1986 and 1987. “The encroachers were removed when the BJP-led government took office in 2016,” said Devananda Deva Goswami, the “satradhikar,” or the religious and administrative leader of Batadraba Than.

Out of the 33,265 bighas of land in “satras'” possession, 7,504 bighas of land are subject to encroachment, according to CRAPSLA’s interim report. The Barpeta district had the highest amount of encroachment, with 5,545 bighas of land being occupied by unauthorised settlers.

4,449 families have reportedly been kicked out of their homes for allegedly encroaching on public property since May 2021, when Assam’s second Bharatiya Janata Party-led government assumed power, according to government statistics that were presented in the state assembly in September.

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