After Kaziranga, Mayong to drive out ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’

Villagers take part in the funeral procession of the two people killed during the clashes with police, in Kaziranga on Tuesday (PTI Photo)

The Assam government on Tuesday said it would soon carry out an eviction drive at Mayong in Morigaon district where large areas of land were encroached by alleged immigrants from Bangladesh.

The threat came a day after the government had evicted the illegal settlers near the Kaziranga National Park in deference to a Guwahati HC order. Two people were killed during Monday’s eviction drive.

“The government demolished 331 houses at three villages in Kaziranga on Monday. It will carry out a similar drive in Mayong soon,” Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters in Guwahati. He said the illegal settlers in Mayong did not vacate even after the government had given them sufficient time.

“We’ve given them enough time but they are still not moving away,” Sarma said. Supreme Court lawyer Upamanyu Hazarika, who is also a leader of an anti-infiltration group, had claimed that over 300 Bangladeshis settled in a village in Mayong over the past two years.

“For them, solar lights have been installed. They are beneficiaries of amenities that are not even available to the locals,” he had said.

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