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Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.

Diphu December 20:  As reported earlier, the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s Land Revenue department assisted by Karbi anglong district administration, paramilitary forces and police carried out a massive eviction drive to free a locality named by illegal occupiers as Dudu Colony situated in Lahorijan locality of Bokajan subdivision today. Around two hundred bighas of land have been cleared from the occupiers in the operation. The eviction drive at assam nagaland border appeared to be a success.

The pre-notified area where the eviction was carried out is communicable with Dimapur city of Nagaland and located in the interstate border area of Nagaland and Assam. According to official records around one hundred ten illegal constructions were demolished; as owners of a few doubtful properties obtained a stay injunction from  Guwahati High Court to escape the authorities’ excavator. Forty-one households vacated the area earlier with their belongings.

Power Cut Off

As a preventive measure, the power connection to the targeted area was cut off and all business establishments located within the periphery of seven hundred meters from the national highway 39 were closed, section 144 of CRPC was promulgated in the whole area by the Bokajan administration.

planning the next move in Dudu Colony
Planning the next move in Dudu Colony

Supervised by Senior Officials

Senior officials from the council, Superintendent of Police Pusparaj Sing, and Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong Dibakar Nath supervised the knocking down of illegal constructions by demolition squads backed by police and paramilitary forces. The Dudu Colony clearance and expulsion process was generally seamless.

Stay Orders

“The people who obtained a stay order from the court by producing land documents will not stand as all these documents are false and fabricated and not issued by the authority of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. All the evicted people are suspected to be illegal Bangladeshi intruders. The Council authority will carry out more eviction drives within its territorial jurisdiction wherever Bangladeshi intruders have occupied government land illegally, particularly near Kajiranga and inter-district borders,” Tuliram Ronghang, Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council told the media at Diphu .

In today’s operation around four hundred Central Reserve Police Force personnel, two hundred fifty Assam Police personnel and regimented forces of council sector provided security to the demolition squad.

Twenty one excavators and a large number of manual laborers were engaged by the council authority.

cleaning the row
Cleaning the row

Nirmal Kumar tea estate

It is worthwhile to mention here that diagonally across from the Dudu colony, large areas of Lahorijan and Nirmal Kumar tea estate have been occupied by correlated illegal settlers. Due to this massive infringement, the whole tea estate has almost choked up from several directions.

Other areas of Bokajan are expecting the same action from the council authority on this issue.

two storey building
Two storey building

See the Photo story: Dudu Colony Clearance