The Gauhati high court on Wednesday allowed suspension of eviction of squatters inside Amchang wildlife sanctuary, but directed that the drive against commercial establishments should continue.

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A statement from the chief minister’s office said that acting on the chief minister’s direction, additional advocate general Devajit Saikia made a verbal submission before the chief justice of Gauhati high court Justice Ajit Singh that the government has to “rethink” the eviction drive.

“School examinations are going on and winter is intensifying; the government has to rethink the eviction drive. The chief minister is also considering the issue of rehabilitation of the evicted people and finalisation of modalities for this would take some time,” the additional advocate general told the chief justice.

The drive, which started on Monday, evicted over 700 families from three places in Amsang – Yusufnagar, Nabajyotinagar and Kangkannagar.

While some of the evicted people, who had lost their houses and properties in Amchang since Monday, left the place, others, including women and children, are still there expecting that the government will consider their appeal for rehabilitation.

The chief justice allowed the government to suspend the drive but directed it to continue the same against commercial establishments. He also asked the government to submit an affidavit regarding the suspension of the drive and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday.

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