Eviction drive conducted to remove encroachments from Railway property in Hojai district, Assam

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

Hojai

Hojai

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2022

State

Assam

Sector

Land Use

In April 2022, the North Eastern Railway Frontier carried out an eviction drive in the Purana Bazar area of Hojai district in Assam. The range of state officials who were present during the eviction included railway officials, circle officers, police forces, the fire brigade, and representatives from the CRPF. Sixty stores were demolished during the drive by four JCBs. Locals claimed that the district administration failed to notify them about the evictions in advance. While the eviction was being conducted, Achit Das, a businessman, collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. This led to situation becoming heated up, with people raising slogans like 'Murdabad'.

The eviction was conducted for the construction of a flyover, a project that has been pending in the district. According to the individuals who were affected by the eviction, the drive should have been carried out under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act of 1971.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

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

Indian Railways Works Manual, 2000, issued by Ministry of Railways, Government of India
Clause 814 [Indian railways have the power to remove new encroachments over railway land under Section 147 of Railway Act 1989. For old encroachments, the provisions of Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 ought to apply.]
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.]
Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971
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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

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

No

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

District Administration

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

District Administration of Hojai

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