Committee against eviction to move court, says destroyed shops will be rebuilt
IMPHAL | Jul 10
Joint Action Committee against Forced Eviction of Guigailong Tribal Vendors, while strongly denouncing the demolishing of 14 shops along Tarung-Guigailong auto parking yesterday, resolved to move the court for addressing their grievances.
Officials of forest department and police evicted the shops yesterday morning for encroaching into Langol reserved forest area.
In this regard, the committee against the eviction along with shop owners staged a sit-in protest at the auto parking, Guigailong today.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the protest, the committee spokesperson, R. Kaningdai stated they are launching indefinite sit-in protest against the injustice done to them.
While terming the eviction as illegal and forceful as no public hearing and public impact assessment was conducted prior to the eviction, he intimated that the committee will move the court for addressing their grievances.
Moreover, most of the statements made by the divisional forest officer (DFO), RK Amarjit yesterday were fabricated. The DFO had earlier made it clear to some of the women representatives that three shops constructed before 2006 as shown in the satellite imageries will not be dismantled, the spokesperson recounted and contended that the DFO acted contrary to his own words.
Furthermore, despite repeatedly informing the officials that the area cannot be evicted as Guigailong Forest Rights Committee is under process for verification, he charged that the forest department has violated Section 4(5) of Forest Act, 2006.
Kaningdai warned that they will take support from other CVOs of the state and launch various forms of intensified agitations. “Besides, the destroyed shops will be rebuilt as the shops are the only feasible means of livelihood for the shop owners,” he asserted.
The committee spokesperson went on to clarify that befitting comments made yesterday by the women protestors was not targeted towards local MLA Joykishan but towards the one standing next to him.
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