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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.

The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council began the Dudu Colony clearance, today after ejecting the illegal Bangladeshi refugees from the area, supported by military and police.

The effort was lead by  the Land Revenue department, assisted by the Karbi Anglong district administration, with security provided by paramilitary forces and police.  The eviction drive aimed  to free up  Dudu Colony named by illegal occupiers who had taken control of the  Lahorijan locality of Bokajan subdivision. The area covers approximately two hundred bighas of land.

The  area  has access to Dimapur city in Nagaland and  the interstate border area of both Nagaland and Assam. Official records show that around one hundred ten illegal constructions were demolished. The illegal owners of a small number of properties were able to slow down the operation by obtaining a temporary stay injunction from  Guwahati High Court to escape the  excavators.

Forty-one households took their belongings and vacated the area before the demolitions began.

To prevent any possible fires  or electrocutions,  the area’s power connection  was cut off and all business establishments located around the periphery within seven hundred meters of the national highway 39 were closed. Read the complete story.

preparing to remove illegal settlement
Preparing to remove the illegal settlement
military protection for the Dudu Colony Clearance
Military protection
removing walls
Removing walls
setting up the machinery for the Dudu Colony Clearance
Setting up the machinery for the Dudu Colony Clearance
fast demolition
Fast demolition
cleaning the row
Cleaning the row
the teardown
The teardown
two storey building
Two storey building
bamboo homes
Bamboo homes
observing the demolition
Observing the demolition
planning the next move
Planning the next move
illegal settlement teardown
Illegal settlement teardown
illegal settlement
Illegal settlement
demolishing illegal settlement
Demolishing illegal settlement
remove illegal settlement
Remove illegal settlement