Baghetapu Char Land Conflict

Reported by

Abdul Kalam Azad

Published on

December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016

Updated on

December 11, 2016

Location of Conflict

Juria

Nagaon

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Natural Calamities

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People Affected by Conflict

384

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

65

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Starting Year

2016

State

Assam

Sector

Land Use

In the wee hours of December 10, 2016, a team of nearly 100 forest officials arrived in the Juria settlement of Baghetapu Char (riverbank area) and started demolishing houses while the villagers were still asleep, reported local Assamese newspapers. At least nine houses were demolished by elephants and another eight were set on fire. The forest guards allegedly assaulted villagers, including women and elderly. A pregnant women was also reportedly injured. Around 80 families have been living in Baghetapu village for the past 3040 years. The village is located at the border area of Nagaon and Sonitpur districts, on the bank of river Brahmaputra. The residents are the erosionaffected people who settled here after being displaced by floods. Most of them are landless as their land has been eroded by the Brahmaputra. On 19 October 2016, Nagaon district administration an issued eviction notice, asking the residents to vacate the land within stipulated time. Under the banner of All Assam Sangkhalogu Sangram Parishad, a local civil society organisation, the villagers demonstrated in front of the office of the deputy commissioner of Nagaon and demanded rehabilitation and resettlement before eviction. The representative of deputy commissioner assured the villagers that the administration will find a way out after discussing with the stakeholders. However, on 19 November, one of the villagers got another eviction notice. On 10 December 2016, the eviction order was executed by the forest department. The residents alleged that the eviction drive was illegally carried out in the absence of executive magistrate from civil administration department as well as anyone from the police department. Around 10,000 people assembled and protested against the demolition and eviction drive. Seeing people gathering in large numbers, the eviction team left the place soon. Residents reportedly informed the administration that they were ready to move out from forestland once they were provided rehabilitation as they had lost their land in erosion. Many of the villagers possessed Erosion Certificate issued by revenue departments. Though, of the 80 households, 17 were demolished during the eviction drive, no one has moved out of the village so far. But there is fear that the government will launch another eviction operation again.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

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:

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

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Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Four women were physically assaulted. One of them was pregnant.. . More than 15 houses were demolished

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Department of Forest, Government of Assam

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

All Assam Sangkhalogu Sangram Parishad

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