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RPF faces resistance in evicting slums on railway land

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 16:05

Burdwan: The Railway Protection
Force faced resistance with bombs being thrown when they went
to evict two slums on railway land near the Burdwan Railway
Station in Burdwan district on Tuesday.

RPF sources said that bombs were hurled from the slums
after 10 to 15 shanties and a Trinamool Congress party office
were demolished.

Proper notification had been issued to the residents
of the slums in Colony No 14 and Goalpukur by the Area
Engineering Construction Department (AECD) of the Railways on
January 12, the sources said.

The sources said that help had been sought for the
eviction drive from the administration, but none was received.

Additional Superintendent of Police Debashish Sarkar
said that the AECD had sought help for the eviction, but it
could not be provided as sufficient time had not been given.

Burdwan Municipality chairman and local councillor,
Ainul Haque alleged that the AECD had not given proper notice
for the eviction drive which was for the benefit of an EC team
of police officers who were scheduled to visit the district.

He claimed that the slum dwellers had agreed to
cooperate for the eviction on promise of rehabilitation by
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, but the RPF had arrived
without giving proper rehabilitation.

Bustee Kalyan Samitee member Lakshmi Bibi alleged that
the RPF beat up women and children and threw out belongings
from the slum, besides molesting women.

She claimed that that Trinamool Congress workers had
distributed forms among the residents for Rs 100 each and had
promised rehabilitation.

She also alleged that the Trinamool Congress had
supplied bombs to the RPF men, who threw them.

Another section of slum dwellers, however, counter
alleged that an anti-social Khokon Sen, who had links with the
municipality chairman had attacked the RPF with bombs and beat
up people.

The RPF sources said that the eviction drive had been
halted following the resistance and the higher authorities of
the railways informed.


First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 16:05
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