GUWAHATI, April 28 � Opposing the move of eviction against around 100 families of Panikal area of Uzanbazar, the Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) has said that the residents of the area have been living there for more than 50 years and the eviction should not be carried out without the rehabilitation of the residents.
The organization has asked the NF Railways and the State government to reconsider the decision of eviction against these old residents of Guwahati. �The people, mostly the scheduled caste population, living on the railway land of the area are the law-abiding and taxpaying citizens and we thoroughly oppose any move of eviction against them,� a statement from the SGBG said.
In a letter to the NF Railway, the organization said that the former Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that eviction would not be carried out against people living on railway land for longer period of time without arranging for need-based rehabilitation of those people. It also expressed apprehensions that the eviction has been designed by some vested interest groups.
The NGO urged the authorities to stop eviction and rehabilitate the people.