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TEs asked to vacate encroached land

By STAFF Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Jan 22 � The All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) has asked the tea estates in Margherita subdivision of Tinsukia district to vacate all the encroached land of the local people of the area or face agitation.

In a letter to the Sub-Divisional Officer, Margherita, the regional body of the AASAA lodged a complaint, stating that Dirok and Ledo tea estates had illegally occupied huge plots of public land and planted tea saplings on them. The managers of the tea estates under question had resorted to intimidation to scare away the owners of the land so as to grab their land, the AASAA alleged.

Giving details of the grabbed land by the tea estates, the AASAA pointed out that the plot under Dag No. 60 was the government land while the plots under Dag Nos. 68 and 69 were registered as eksona patta in the names of Albis Lohar and Patras Urang respectively. However, this land is now under the occupation of Dirok tea estate.

Further, the plots under Dag Nos. 27, 35, 36, 37, 38, 45 and 70, measuring around 72 bighas are registered as eksona patta in the names of several people but these are under the illegal occupation of Ledo tea estate, the AASAA alleged. Moreover, a three-bigha plot of land occupied by the AASAA near the crematorium of Margherita town is also claimed by Namdang tea estate.

The Adivasi students� body has demanded that the local administration settle the land dispute immediately and facilitate transfer of the land to the rightful owners from the illegal land grabbers.

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