Tezpur (Assam): In a landmark drive, a north east Indian province has evicted many families to clear a huge forest area which was allegedly encroached by them from the neighbouring state.
A joint team of forest and district administration in Biswanath district of Assan started the eviction drive in two huge forests of Naharjan near Bihali and Singolijan near Dulongmukh evicted hundreds of illegal settlers from the neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
The joint team went all out against the illegal settlers from Saturday and within 36 hours around 1620 hectors of land,mostly, belonging to the forest areas were cleared of the illegal settlers in Gohpur sub division.
Talking to www.southasianviews.com, east Sonitpur Divisional Forest Officer Rajen Choudhury said the illegal settlers in both the areas along the interstate border have been evicted who cultivated on the soil of Assam.
He said in Naharjan area alone under Behali Reserve forest more than 20 bighas of forest land were occupied by the neighbouring people around 3 km inside from the border. Behali police station officer in charge Pradip Baruah himself evicted these people who started cultivation felling many trees in Naharjan reserve forest.
In Singlijan reserveforest on the banks of river Dulung in Dulungmukh under Gohpur sub division about 30 km from Gohpur these people erected fencing and permanent pillar which was dismantled in presence of Gohpur magistrate and Biswanath SP.
According to Chaudhury, these illegal settlers were planning to start rubber cultivation in a big way as it is the right season for cultivation, Choudhury said.
Apart from the soon to be operational new border outpost in Singlijan, the government has asked the forest department to set up a forest battalion camp to stop further encroachment.