Ownership survey leaves Tura residents fearing eviction

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, April 17: A huge section of the population living near the main market in Tura in the heart of the town had prayers on their lips after the administration began to survey and take details of ownership of disputed areas belonging near the Sepoy Colony area on the town of Tura on Monday.
Earlier rumours had been circulating over fears of the administration serving notices to most of the house owners, some who have been living there for the past four decades.

The decision, if it comes about, will affect close to 4000 people belonging to the localities around Sepoy Colony area, most of who are of non indigenous descent but have been born and brought up in Garo Hills.
“They came along with a small contingent of CRPF, police, district administration and GHADC personnel to do a survey as well note down the name of the owners of the land. We believe a notice may be sent soon to evict us and it is really scary. Where will we go at this time,” said a resident of Sepoy Colony on the condition of anonymity.
The sudden move by the administration has left everyone in the concerned localities on tenterhooks with many seeking to understand as to what was in store for them in the coming days. 
“We can only hope the government understands our situation if the worst comes. For most of us this is the only home we ever had. Where do we go if we are thrown out of here? We were born here and want to die here as well,” said another resident, asking for anonymity.
Residents later held meetings between themselves to see if any solution could be brought about.
“We are still not sure about what this means and will have to wait for more clarity,” added a third resident.
Numerous calls to the deputy commissioner of the West Garo Hills district, Pravin Bakshi, to seek more clarity into the matter, however went unanswered.


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