Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Bhupen Kumar Borah joined the “Diwali of Sorrow” celebration organized by the evicted families of Silsako at the designated Sachar Dharna Ground in Guwahati on Sunday evening.
More than 200 families evicted from Silsako bull organized a unique Diwali event where they lit lamps demanding immediate compensation and rehabilitation of the affected families.
More than 1,000 families who allegedly encroached on Silsako Beel land have been evicted by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) in a three-phase eviction drive on 13 May 2022 and 27, 28 February, 1 March 2022. . and September 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 this year.
A team led by APCC President Bhupen Kumar Borah celebrated Dipawali with the evicted families of Silsako.
Assam Congress wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that the light of Diwali shines light in their sorrowful lives and Goddess Kali gives them the strength to continue fighting for their rights.
Our fight for landless and homeless people will continue. Let the light come to your families and children,” Bora said.
“The people of Assam may not be able to raise a loud slogan in your support but their blessings are with you.
They are as heartbroken as you and the whole of Assam in your fight against this injustice and cruelty I stands with you,” Bora added.
“At a time when people across the country are celebrating Diwali with joy, here we are celebrating a Diwali of grief by burning Diwali,” said Gayatri Bori, leader of the Silsako Paror Ussed Pratirudhi Raij.
“We have been living in this piece of land for more than three decades. We have not issued an advance notice for the eviction drive.
As per the Assam Land Act, 1989 and 2019, if a family has been living for more than 15 years. If he lives in a government plot, he has to obtain land documents from the government.
But the government has denied the land rights of these local families, even though they have been living there for more than 40 to 50 years,” Bori said.
Bori also said, “Today we seek the blessings of Maa Kali to impart her wisdom and knowledge to the leaders of our state and remove evil thoughts and rebellious attitudes from their hearts.”
The top leaders of the organization, Indu Bora, Bitumoni Das Begum, Nami Halder and Momina Begum were present.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) General Secretary Bidyut Saikia and Chief Organizing Secretary Akash Doley were also present on the occasion.
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