IMPHAL, July 9 - The State Forest department in association with police personnel launched an eviction drive at Langol Reserve forest area on the outskirts of Imphal on Tuesday.
Altogether 11 illegal structures have been demolished during the eviction drive at Guigalong area under Langol Reserve forest .
According to Divisional Forest officer (Central Forest Division) RK Amarjit, the drive was conducted in and around the Langol Reserves forest to evict the encroachers.
The department identified 1,437 encroachers at the Langol Reserve forest area and has been carrying out an eviction drive for the past several days under the Indian Forest Act 1927 and Rule number 81 of Manipur Forest Rules 1971. The drive covered Langol Laimanai and Eroishemba areas.
Deputy Commissioner N Praveen of Imphal West District appealed to the people to maintain peace. He also asserted that the Forest depertment would carry out more operations soon in the days to come. The Deputy Commissioner also urged upon the people not to encroach forest areas.
In a similar drive in June last year at Awaching in Nongmaiching Reserve Forest under Imphal East district,74 structures, including a school was demolished.