Forest Department in Assam Forcefully Evicts Flood-Displaced People in Dhubri District

Reported by

Abdul Kalam Azad

Published on

January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017

Updated on

January 11, 2017

Location of Conflict

Chandardinga

Dhubri

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Natural Calamities

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People Affected by Conflict

274

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

1997

State

Assam

Sector

Land Use

On December 28, 2016, the forest department evicted 57 families from Chandardinga hill area in Dhubri district. The officials demolished 118 houses/huts, a school building housing 120 children and an Anganwadi centre. More than 300 people were rendered homeless. The land, which belongs to the forest department, was home to 100 families, mostly erosion-affected Muslims and the landless Koch Rajbangshi community. These people had settled here in 1978-80 after migrating from the c_har _(river islands) of Roukhuwa Krishtimoni and Solakur, which got washed away in floods and erosion caused by the Brahmaputra. Although they were all landless farmers when they had migrated, their means of livelihood has changed over the years. Most of the families today depend on daily wage earnings. A large number of these families opt for seasonal migration to urban areas, and many of them work in brick kilns in the nearby areas of Chapar. In the last two decades, hundreds of brick kilns have mushroomed in Chapar, most of which operating in forest and agricultural land violating environmental rules. However, instead of cracking down on the brick kilns, the forest department evicted 30-35 landless families living in Chandardinga hill in 1997. The evictees again settled in the area. In October 2016, state Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the area and instructed officials to evict the settlers. No plan was formulated for their rehabilitation. On November 11, the forest department sent an eviction notice to the settlers. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti mobilised the people into demanding rehabilitation before the eviction. But the administration did not pay heed. According to media reports, on the day of eviction, the people pleaded for some notice period so that they could gather their belongings. But the eviction officials did not give them time. Two women who protested were allegedly beaten up. This infuriated the settlers who started pelting stones on the eviction officials. The police resorted to lathicharge and opened fire on the protesters. Five officials were injured. Later on, the Army was called to bring the situation under control. Eight people, including two women, were hurt and a protester was arrested.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

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Out of Court

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Arrest/detention/imprisonment

Displacement

Lathicharge/teargas/pellets

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

At least 118 houses/huts were demolished. Eight people, including two women were beaten up by the police and forest officials during the eviction. A protester was arrested. A school building, housing 120 children, was demolished. More than 300 people were rendered homeless.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Stone pelting

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Revenue Department

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity

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