Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday appealed not to mislead the public with regards to the ongoing eviction works which could lead to communalism.
Addressing the House, the CM informed that eviction works are being undertaken at various places across the state in the interest of the public and the state.
He also said the 17 houses were evicted at K Songjang Village in Churachandpur and it was conducted under certain procedure after taking the consent of the owners of the area.
He said the houses were found constructed in protected forest area and due to the reason, the concerned authorities issued a show cause notice to the affected house owner on August 10, 2022. However, the authorities did not receive any response to the show cause notice and another reminder was issued and sent to the 17 houses on January 30, 2023, the CM added.
The department received a reply on February 6 from the 17 houses which did not have a valid reason. Later, a notice for eviction was issued on February 10 to vacate the house within 7 days from the date of eviction notification. After the notification the concerned authorities evicted the houses on February 20, the CM informed.
He appealed to the people not to set up any structures including houses in the protected government land and not to mislead the public which could encourage communalism among the community, a statement which the House unanimously agreed.