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Assam: 70 families homeless in Hojai after massive eviction drive

Hojai district administration carried out an eviction drive at Kaki area in Assam’s Hojai district on June 5, which was illegally occupied by migrants.

At least 70 families were evicted by the district administration on June 6, following an order by the BJP-led state government to clear government land of encroachers, reported Deccan Herald.

Nearly 500 Bengali-speaking Muslims who have occupied the land for several years, are suddenly rendered homeless after the eviction drive.

On May 17, Sonitpur district administration evicted 25 families, all belonging to the minority community.

The district administration officials said they had illegally occupied government land and did not vacate it despite several warnings in the past.

The eviction drive was intensified after the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government took charge on May 10.

However, this time government will be tough against the encroachers, who have illegally occupied government land in many areas.

All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) adviser Ainuddin Ahmed said the targeted eviction of Muslims was part of the polarisation politics of BJP.

On the other hand, Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court on June 6, seeking the court’s intervention to stop the eviction amid the pandemic.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We can’t allow people to occupy the land of our temples and forests. I can understand the problem on their side too. There is so much of population that there is dearth of living space. If this continues, then time will come when they will come to occupy the land of Kamakhya temple.”

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