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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CPI-M Stood by Families Served Eviction Notice by Railway Authorities

Malda, October 9, 2012: Notice of eviction without any assurance of rehabilitation to 53 families residing at Telipukur area under municipal wards no 23 and 24 in English Bazaar may lead to formidable movement against railway authorities. Opposition CPM has already warned the railway authorities not to evict the families without proper rehabilitation. However, railway authority they had no provision for rehabilitating those encroaching families.

A delegation of CPM leaders including former MLAs Samar Roy, Shubhendu Choudhury and EBM councilors Subhadip Sanyal and Sutapa Ghosh met the divisional railway manager (DRM) of Malda division Rabindra Gupta yesterday. Later they said that they were not against development but would oppose any eviction without proper rehabilitation by railway authority in the name of development.

It may be mentioned that 53 families of Telipukur area were served eviction notice by railway authority as a road would be constructed along that area. Gupta informed that fund had already been sanctioned for road and the work would have to be completed by this year, else the fund had to be refunded.

However, those families have also resolved not to quit the land. Women of those families like Hira Saha, Arati Sarkar, Basanti Das and other said sternly that they were ready to face any consequence and wouldn’t leave their homes without due rehabilitation.

“We’ve given only four days to shift our houses. They must remember that we have been living here for more than thirty or forty years. We would see the end of it and if necessary we would lie on railway track and ask the railway authority to run the train over us,” said Sarkar supported in a chorus by others. They claimed that railway prepared a list of 372 families to be evicted.

Notably, some families were evicted from Telipukur area long back and was provided land at some other place which is presently known as Kuldip Mishra colony.

Former CPM MLA of English Bazaar Roy said, “Development must be brought but with a human face. Without proper rehabilitation these families cannot be evicted.” “Railway authority itself has encroached a large part of Malda airport and that’s a major hindrance for resuming air-services from Malda,” Roy said.

“When railway itself is encroaching land, they must think thousand times before evicting poor families without rehabilitating them properly,” Roy demanded.

However, railway officials claimed that they did not want to evict those families considering the festive season.

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