Crackdown Against Land Brokers: 453 Arrested Across Assam

NEWS DESK: 14 days after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma directed the revenue officials to eliminate middlemen from land-related work, police have arrested 453 land brokers from various parts of the state in the past 24 hours.

“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,” Sarma said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The brokers have been picked up for indulging in unlawful activities involving land sale, purchase, and holding, a senior police official here said.”

Dhubri district topped the list, with 30 arrests, followed by Morigaon 27, Nalbari 27, and Guwahati 22. Among other districts, 18 were arrested from Dibrugarh.

“We strive to identify the black sheep amongst government personnel involved along with ascertaining unlawful backward and forward linkages of the persons arrested and take further action thereafter,” special director general of police GP Singh said.

On September 7, the chief minister held a meeting with revenue and disaster management department officials, where the chief minister had said middlemen “must be removed from the system” and citizens empowered to complete their land-related projects without difficulty.

Sarma requested the people of Assam to not give money to the middlemen to get work done.

“I request the state government employees from top to bottom to not give any access to the middlemen to their offices. We want to eradicate the system of middlemen. If it continues to exist, Assam can never make any progress,” he said.

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