HYC wants action on Lum Survey within a week

Shillong, May 2: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has served an ultimatum for one week to the government to carry out a spot inquiry and verification and evict the ‘illegal’ settlers from Lum Survey, opposite Fire & Emergency Station, Iewduh, Shillong.

The HYC president, Roykupar Synrem and the general secretary, Rhembor G. Saibon
jointly said that the decision was taken after the district administration had expressed its inability to take action against illegal settlers on the ground that the land l is under dispute and that the matter is subjudice since the case is pending before the court.


“However, on enquiry made by us, it is learnt that there are 3 cases pending before the District Judge, Shillong in relation to the eviction notices served upon 3 individuals, who are occupying certain area of land (about 200 to 500 sq. ft. each), under Section 5 of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 by the Estate Officer, Guwahati. We have also met one of the persons on whom the Notice was served and who had filed a case against the eviction notice and he had categorically clarified to us that the portion in which cases are pending are only a small portion of land and does not involve the larger portion of illegal settlement where huts are illegally constructed by those settlers. Hence, the question of matter being sub-judice does not arise and summary eviction process of the illegal settlement can be undertaken by the authority concerned with regard to the areas not under litigation,” he said.

They said in view of this, the HYC has also written to the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, Defence Estate Officer, Guwahati and other authorities concerned for clarity and speedy action against the illegal settlement.

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