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Assam govt begins eviction drive to clear encroachments

Over 600 security personnel have been deployed and the eviction drive thus far has been peaceful, said Leena Doley, SP of Nagaon district in Assam.

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Guwahati: The Assam government on Monday started an eviction drive in different parts of the state to clear encroachments.

Eviction drive was started from nearly 1,000 bigha of land (1.35 sqkm) around Batadraba Than, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev, the 15th-16th century saint-scholar and socio-religious reformer, people familiar with the development said.

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This is the first such drive after the Commission for Review and Assessment of Problems of Satra Lands in Assam (CRAPSLA) submitted its report earlier this month on encroachments in ‘satras’ (Vaishnavite monasteries founded by Srimanta Sankardev) across the state.

The eviction drive started around 6 am on Monday and will continue till the entire area is cleared.

The eviction drive is continuing without any opposition or violence from residents.

Over 600 security personnel have been deployed and the eviction drive thus far has been peaceful, said Leena Doley, SP of Nagaon district in Assam.

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