Assam forest officer serves eviction notice to villages of Arunachal

Arunachal, Nov 20: An eviction notice served by the Harmuty (Assam) ranges forest officer created panic in the villagers of Belo, Lora, Buka, and Gumto in Papum Pare district to vacate alleged forest land within 15 days.

According to the report, Assam’s forest officials started serving notices in these villages from Thursday onwards.

“You are hereby informed vide this notice that you have illegally entered into the RF, cleared and encroached forest land, violating Sections 24 and 25 of Assam Forest Regulation 1891 (Amended Act 1995). So nonce under Section 72 (C) of Assam Forest Regulation 1891 (Amended Act 1995) is hereby issued with a direction to vacate the forest land with your properties within 15 days’ time from the issue of this notice, failing which eviction operation will be carried out by the forest department as per rule and the department will not be responsible for any loss caused due to the eviction operation,” the notice read.

All the villages where the Assam forest officials served the notice are located inside Arunachal’s territory.

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All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has strongly demanded that the state government hold talks with its Assam counterpart in this regard “as the case will be very sensitive and volatile if Assam forest officials will carry out illegal eviction drive in Arunachal territory after 15 days of notice.”

An illegal eviction drive notice board was also found hanging on a tree in Gumto IV village, near the police check gate at Gumto, in Papum Pare district,” the association stated in a press release.

Vehemently condemning the “illegal and forceful attempt” of the Assam forest officials to capture Arunachal’s land, the ANYA reiterated that both Arunachal and Assam should obey the SC’s direction to maintain the status quo along the interstate boundaries.