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Eviction enters fourth day

- AASU supports demolition with rider
A GMC worker cleans the Bharalu in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, July 4: Dispur’s eviction drive in the city which was launched after the death of nine persons in flash floods last week entered the fourth day today.

The Kamrup (metro) administration today demolished three pucca houses, 43 kuccha houses, 24 boundary walls and cleared eight bighas of land at Silsako Beel.

It also demolished 26 RCC houses and cleared 3.5 bighas of land along the Bharalu, a tributary of the Brahmaputra flowing through the city.

Sources said the administration has freed 31 bighas of land from encroachment in Silsako Beel till today. Nearly 19 bighas along the Bharalu river has been cleared and nearly 25 families residing along the river have been evicted.

The administration is determined to move ahead with the eviction and most of the organisations which were vocal in the past against the drive have extended their support.

The All Assam Students’ Union said the eviction drive should not discriminate between rich and poor. It said multi-storied buildings and big commercial establishments must also be bulldozed if they have been built illegally.

Chandra’s kids

The Assam government will look after the three children of Chandra Devi, 35, of the Sarabbhati area in the city, who died yesterday.

Chandra’s house was demolished by the Kamrup (metro) district administration yesterday during its eviction drive along the Bharalu river. Her husband predeceased her. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi asked Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner in-charge M. Angamuthu, who met Gogoi at his official residence this morning, to put the three orphans either in SOS Children's Village at Azara or any other orphanage in the city in case no relative turns up to look after them.

“Our government will look after the three children. We will ensure that they get proper care, including education,” said Gogoi. Gogoi also announced Rs 1 lakh from his relief fund to be kept as fixed deposit for the future needs of the children. The cheque was handed over to Angamuthu.

The district administration also announced financial assistance of Rs 30,000 to the children. Senior superintendent of police (city) A.P. Tiwari is also exploring options in consultation with the residents of Sarabbhati to ensure the wellbeing of the children.

The district administration yesterday said Chandra died because of illness and it had no connection with the eviction drive.