GUWAHATI, Jan 23 � Playing the vigilante, the members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today grabbed 34 bighas of farmland belonging to Kailash Lohia, Ramavatar Bhurakia and Bajrang Lohia. The plots of land were located at Ulubam Gaon and Senabor Gaon under Senabor Chamil of Khetri area. The grabbed land belonged to Topcem Cement.
According to a KMSS press release, several thousand people took part in the campaign to grab the plots of land and then to build houses on these plots of land. The campaign started around 4 am.
A meeting was held later on and it was addressed by Dimoria College teacher Chaitendralal Bhushan Boro, social worker Maina Pator, gaonburha Dharmeswar Medhi, leading citizen Biren Kalita, Dimoria Yuva Chatra Santha�s Pankaj Deka, and Khetri Anchalik Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad�s assistant secretary Mrigen Deka. It was also addressed by KMSS advisor Madhuram Gogoi and Raju Bora, joint general secretaries Kamal Kumar Medhi and Bedanta Laskar. It was conducted by KMSS president Akhil Gogoi.
The meeting formed a committee under the name and style of Khetri Krishibhumi Bitaron Samiti with representatives from the villages, all ethnic groups, several organisations, gaonburhas of the Khetri area and five office-bearers of the KMSS, Guwahati city committee.
The new committee will prepare within the next seven days a list of farmers among whom the grabbed land would be distributed. The list will have to be approved by the KMSS. The beneficiaries would never be able to sell, transfer, etc., the land allotted to them. In case they flout this condition, the land allotted to them would be taken back, said the meeting in its resolutions.
The land grabbed today would be distributed among the indigenous peoples of the Khetri area, it said in one of the resolutions. Farmers will also occupy the plots of land belonging to the Adhunik Cement company and education officer Tilak Saikia and distribute these plots among the farmers in the same manner, said the meeting in another resolution.
The farmers assembled at the spot later took out a procession, said the press release.