Assam: Major eviction drive carried out to clear encroachments over 300 acres of land in Sonitpur


 A massive eviction drive is underway in Assam’s Sonitpur district on Saturday to clear encroachments from 330 acres of land.

The drive was carried out at No. 3 Chitalmari area in Barchalla assembly constituency, currently represented by BJP MLA Ganesh Kumar Limbu.

According to the govt records, at least 299 families were living in the area, but more than 90 percent have already left after receiving the notice around eight months back, said the official.

Around 1,000 security personnel arrived for the operation and all necessary formalities have been completed on Friday.

On August 31, the security forces’ entrance, patrols, and area dominance exercises have been conducted, and have caused some residents to leave the area voluntarily, officially added.

However, due to a variety of reasons, we were unable to conduct the eviction drive earlier. Now, the majority of those here agree that this property belongs to the government and will be used for developmental work, the official further added.