Massive eviction continues over Longai forest reserve

Karimganj, Jun 3 (Zahir Abas): The intense anti-encroachment drive of Karimganj forest department continued for second day on Wednesday at Chalamna and Bazarghat areas of Longai forest area, evicting total of 28 dwellers from their makeshift residences.

The rampant eviction drive follows complaint by environmentalists and social activists, of steep surge in illegal activities on the forest land, including axing of valuable trees. The eviction team was led by District Forest Officer Jalnur Ali and administration officials along with large group of security forces.

As per officials, in two days, a cumulative of 28 houses have been demolished and approximately 400 bighas of government land were freed off. The forest officials mentioned, the state government has directed to take tough stance on the encroachers and to go for afforestation on the evicted land.

Depleting forest cover and indiscriminate axing of trees along with systematic human encroachment for years have raised alarm bell in concerned civil society of the district.

Complaints were received of, people making permanent settlements over the forest land and using this is as base to run nexus of illegal trade. The forest carpet area has seen a significant decrease in the region, after hundreds of trees were mowed down by some miscreants.

Although the Forest Department has been carrying drive to nab the miscreants and stop the deforestation, a large-scale eviction drive was neccesiated to find permanent solution to the problem.

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