Beijing: Amnesty International has alleged in a report that authorities in China are forcibly evicting people from their homes and the number of such cases is growing rapidly.
The human rights group believes such action poses a grave threat to social and political stability.
Forced demolitions have long been common in China as millions of residents have had to relocate to make way for real estate development, an agency reported.
Amnesty said in the report released on Thursday that evictions have increased over the past three years coinciding with a construction boom triggered by massive stimulus spending following the global financial crisis.
The group said Chinese authorities first seize the land and then sell them off land to property developers.
The evictions have also claimed life, says Amnesty. Of 40 forced evictions the group says it examined in detail, nine people died fighting evictions. In one case, a 70-year-old woman was buried alive by an excavator.
(With Agency inputs)