DHEMAJI, Aug 26 - Sensation has been prevailing at Simenchapori (Jonai) in Dhemaji district over eviction of encroachers on government land on Tuesday.
According to a report, several hundred flood-affected families hailing from Bahir-Jonai, Gali-Sikari, Ramdhan, Laimekuri and Somkong gaon panchyats under Jonai revenue circle took shelter in temporary tent houses on social forestry land at Simenchapori. But, the subdivisional administration following a complaint from local people evicted the families from the forest land on Tuesday, resulting in the inclement situation.
The affected families, who were taking shelter in temporary makeshift for a week, staged loud protest demanding proper rehabilitation measures from the authority�s end. The protesters blocked National Highway 15 at Simenchapori portion for three hours, attacked the police team and administrative officials thereby damaging two police vehicles. Three on-duty cops sustained injuries in the clash.
The subdivisional administration later controlled the situation and lifted 150 homeless families to Jonai, who have been given shelter in two relief camps set up at Jonai Higher Secondary School and Three-Jey English schools. Several other families, who were evicted from the forest land, were sent back to their respective villages to take shelter on the raised platforms.
Officials say that the administration is supplying food and other essential essentials to the homeless families in the relief camps. The subdivisional administration has reported the situation to the State government to take up rehabilitation measures for the flood-affected homeless people.
�We will take up the issue with the Land Revenue department for rehabilitation of the landless families. The situation is tense but under control,� said Jonai Assistant Commissioner Pritam Kr Das.
Meanwhile, Jonai unit of All Mising Students� Union (TMPK) and several community organizations have demanded the authority for taking up rehabilitation measures for homeless families affected by flash flood.