MUSLIM STUDENT BODY SLAMS GOVERNMENT AS ASSAM EVICTS MUSLIM RESIDENTS 

The Assam government led another eviction drive in Hojai district which was called ‘selective’ by a student body. The group demanded proper rehabilitation of those who were evicted by submitting a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The authorities who were deployed to carry out the eviction procedure used elephants, excavators and tractors to carry out the massive project to clear ‘encroachment’ at the Lumding Reserve Forest in the district of Hojai. 

 

In Darrang, a few weeks ago, two persons were killed in a police firing as there was resistance from the residents during the eviction, However, official sources say there was no resistance this time and that the eviction was ‘peaceful’. The eviction will continue till Tuesday. The Guwahati High Court had instructed the eviction on September 30th, this year by directing the state government to clear the encroachment in a phase-wise manner. 

 

The forest covers an area of 22,403 hectares of which 1,410 hectares are under encroachment. Some 1,500 families settled there, built a school, a church and a mosque. The CPI-ML has lashed out at the state government saying the drive was to harass the Muslim minority. The All Assam Minorities Students Union did a sit down protest in Jantar Mantar New Delhi. “A large section of the religious minority community settled on the banks of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries, ushering in an era of the agricultural revolution. However, they also face the wrath of the rivers as hundreds of hectares of land get submerged due to devastating floods and erosion leading to frequent migration,” the AAMSU said.

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