The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 4 , 2014
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Farmers protest ‘eviction’

Dhubri, June 3: The Dhubri district fishery department today denied having any plan to restore the Dhaka beel (wetland) at Gauripur, which went dry 50 years ago.

The farmers of the area have been protesting against the alleged move by the district fishery department to evict them.

For over 50 years, 700 farmers’ of Kurirpar, Dumordoh, Thertheripara, Kherbari, Khatamari, Daktarergaon, Baruabhita and Dararpar villages have been cultivating 708 bighas and earning their livelihood.

However, a few days ago, some persons pretending to be from the fishery department, came to the area and began taking measurements. They also threatened to evict all the farmers from the area, the villagers alleged.

Dilip Roy, a farmer of Kurirpar village, said this prompted the villagers to protest.

“In 1962, the late Mahesh Chandra Roy, Sudhangshu Roy, Babuchan Roy and some other villagers applied to Golokganj land and revenue circle officer of Dhubri district to allot the land of Dhaka beel to the villagers and issue land pattas to them. However, no action has been taken so far,” Roy said.

In 1968, a petition was also filed under 104 Land Revenue Act for the settlement of the land.

However, the department has been silent over the issue.

An official said the villagers are entitled to get the land under the Right of Easement of Land Act.

The district information officer of the fishery department, Mukut Kumar Sarma, said they had no plans to restore the beel.

“As of now, we have no plan to restore the wetland. We are looking for the persons who were involved in measuring the government land,” Sarma said.

However, an official source said some goons might have been trying to grab the land.