Thirty five households evicted in Karbi Anglong in Assam

Reported by

Emilo Yanthan

Legal Data by

Anmol Gupta, Mukta Joshi

Edited by

Radhika Chatterjee

Updated by

Published on

September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Updated on

September 26, 2022

Location of Conflict

Baliram Terang village

Karbi Anglong

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Demand to stop eviction

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

35

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2022

State

Assam

Sector

Land Use

The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) authority instructed the Department of Land and Revenue to conduct an eviction drive to remove the settlements from the land assigned to the District Judicial Court in Diphu in accordance with an order from high court. The affected 35 families are from Treang village in Jamunapar Mouza, Karbi Anglong were evicted to make way for the District Judicial Court complex. Joint Secretary (Revenue Department) KAAC in a notification mentioned “In pursuance of the High Court case No WP (C) 722/2022, the KAAC is pleased to carry out the eviction drive against encroachers at 5 km Baliram Terang village under Jamunapar Mouza.”

The land had been granted to the District Judicial Court by KAAC in 2013 to build the court compound but had been occupied by informal settlements. The residents claimed they have lived in the area for more than 15 years. They had named their settlement 'Rong Pangthir' village. The affected people submitted a memorandum to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tuliram Ronghang, requesting to stop the eviction. 

Amarsing Tisso, Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) stated in a press meet that the inability of the court to begin their work for constructing the judicial complex led to some land mafias attempting to capture the land. A similar eviction occurred in 2014, but some people returned and settled in the area.

Tisso further mentioned that the CEM instructed to assess the number of landless households. During the survey they found only 11 households in Horen Terang village were legitimately landless, prompting the KAAC to set up and provide for 1 Katta 10 losa land. He also stated that tin and one lakh rupees were granted to build their houses in accordance with the instruction of the CEM. At the time of publishing this report, it could not be verified whether this was actually received by the community members.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

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

Settlement Rules under the Assam Land and Revenue Regulation, 1886
Rule 18(2) [Deputy Commissioner may confiscate, sell or destroy any unauthorized crop or buildings erected on land and eject such persons from the land], Rule 18(3) [Deputy Commissioner must publish a notice to persons they are seeking to eject for vacating the land within 15 days of the publication of notice]
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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:

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

No

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Gauhati High Court

Case Number

WP (C) 722/2022

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

On September 14, 2022, the Gauhati High Court disposed of the case filed by the evictees. Since the court did not grant any interim relief to the evictees to prevent them from being evicted, on this final date of hearing, the court took note of the fact that the petitioners had already been evicted and the possession of the land was handed over to the district judiciary. The counsel for the state government submitted that out of the 34 families affected, 20 families had already been rehabilitated by providing alternate land. The case of the remaining 14 families were undergoing verification, and if they were found to be landless persons, they would be granted rehabilitation as well.

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

No

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC)

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