Guwahati: Assam police, in a massive statewide operation, arrested as many as 453 land 'dadals' involved in illegal land broking activities. This includes a few land revenue department officials too, who had nexus with the brokers.
On Tuesday (September 21), Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all the 453 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal land broking activities.
Dr. Sarma further said that the state police would continue to take action against those who are harassing people in land revenue offices.
Taking to Twitter, chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "453 land brokers picked up so far in continuing raids by @assampolice in our concerted pledge to end #AssamFightsDalalRaj. This notorious practice of brokers/dalals in revenue offices harassing commoners must end. Our fight against nefarious activities will go on relentlessly.
These people were apprehended on Monday night (September 20) for their alleged involvement in unlawful activities related to the sale and purchase of lands, said DGP B J Mahanta.
In a meeting with officials of the Revenue department on September 7, the chief minister had said middlemen must be eliminated from the system and people should be empowered to get their land-related works done with no hassle. Dr. Sarma specifically said in the meeting that "no dalal raj will be tolerated till I remain the chief minister of the state."
The state government is planning to start a new project named "Basundhara" from October 2. The online system of land records will help people of the state to settle their land-related problems without paying additional money to the brokers.
Special DGP GP Sing said over Twitter, "In line with directions of the Hon @CMOfficeAssam the teams of @assampolice have arrested more than 450 persons last night indulging in unlawful activities involving land sale/purchase/holding,"
According to police sources, dozens of 'dalals' have been arrested by police last night. District wise arrests are like Lakhimpur – 13,Dhubri – 20, Bongaigaon – 10, Golaghat – 12, Karimganj – 15, Hojai – 19, Dibrugarh- 16, Nalbari – 31, Biswanath – 22, Kokrajhar – 22, Barpeta – 37, Guwahati – 22, Kamrup – 52, Morigaon – 27, Nagaon – 16 and Bajali – 17.