RPF faces resistance in evicting slums on railway land
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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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