Eviction drive conducted in Tinsukia district, Assam; 151 houses affected

Reported by

Emilo Yanthan

Legal Data by

Anmol Gupta, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Radhika Chatterjee

Updated by

Published on

October 24, 2022

October 24, 2022

Updated on

October 24, 2022

Location of Conflict

Tinsukia

Sripuria Gaon

Tinsukia

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Eviction of People

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

151

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2022

State

Assam

Sector

Land Use

In June 2022, an eviction drive was conducted by the Railway Department and local district administration. This drive was aimed at removing settlements from the land that belongs to the Railway Department. It occurred along the road that stretches from Tinsukia to Sripuria Gaon near L-Xing gate, close to the railway junction. It was initiated by the railway department and conducted with the help of the district administration of Tinsukia. Speaking about the drive, Chinmoy Pathak, Circle Officer, Tinsukia Revenue Circle stated, “We are clearing the illegal encroachments where a Rail Over Bridge (ROB) is supposed get constructed. A total of 151 houses who were declared 'encroachers'. However, some of the residents asserted they have been living in the area since the past 40 years. While an eviction notice was issued to the residents by the railway department, it was not clear how much in advance it was issued in.

The Tinsukia District Executive Magistrate Niluram Sharma, Chakradhikari Chintamoy Pathak, and a number of railway department officials were present when the eviction took place. Two magistrates were authorised specially to maintain the law and order in the area. Further several police, paramilitary and security teams were placed in the area where eviction was conducted.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Common

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971
Section 4 [The Estate Officer is required to issue notice to person involved in unauthorised occupation of public premises, within seven working days of receiving information about such occupation] Section 5 [Eviction of unauthorised occupants to happen only after notice under Section 4 is issued and after personal hearing. Any order of eviction passed by the estate officer to contain recording of reasons]
Railways Act, 1989
Section 147 [Provision which criminalizes trespass over railways property. Railways officials have the power to remove any person liable under this provision.]
Indian Railways Works Manual, 2000, issued by Ministry of Railways, Government of India
The High Court in the case had directed that before any eviction, the relevant authority must identify evictees eligible for relocation and rehabilitation. The state authorities must also ensure that basic civic liberties are ensured at the site of relocation. The Supreme Court confirmed this decision and stated that the directions passed in the High Court judgment must be complied with precisely.
Sudama Singh v. Deepak Mohan Spolia (C.A. No(s). 21806-21807/2017, Supreme Court)
The High Court in the case had directed that before any eviction, the relevant authority must identify evictees eligible for relocation and rehabilitation. The state authorities must also ensure that basic civic liberties are ensured at the site of relocation. The Supreme Court confirmed this decision and stated that the directions passed in the High Court judgment must be complied with precisely.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, A/HRC/RES/43/14, dated July 6, 2020
The Guidelines state that the government must provide just compensation and sufficient accommodation to evictees immediately. At a minimum, the government must provide access to basic facilities such as food, water, and shelter, among others.
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

No

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:

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

No

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Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Media-based activism/alternative media

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

District Administration of Tinsukia, Railway Department

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