Guwahati: In a successful operation carried out by Assam Police, more than 453 ‘land dalals’ (land brokers) were arrested in an overnight raid, from different parts of the state on the instruction of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The Chief Minister in a tweet said that 453 land brokers have been picked up so far. “453 land brokers picked up so far in continuing raids by @assampolice in our concerted pledge to end #AssamFightsDalaraj. This notorious practice of brokers/dalals in revenue offices harassing commoners must end. Our fight against nefarious activities will go on relentlessly,” he said in the tweet.
The chief minister further stated that these land brokers are causing a nuisance by harassing the commoners for the settlement of land-related issues.
This is the first ever initiative by the Government of Assam that such steps have been taken to eradicate the malpractices of dalalraj in the state.
The chief minister in an interaction with the circle officers of the state few days back asked them to free their offices from the influence of land brokers. He asked the circle officers to bid farewell to the land brokers by offering them a gamosa.
Special Director General of Police (DGP) Law and Order GP Singh also took to Twitter to share the news and said that Assam Police is committed to clear out such malpractices being carried out in the state where the commoners are being harassed by such ‘unlawful brokers’ during land sale and purchase.
“The action shall continue. 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,” Singh added.
According to sources, 22 persons were arrested in Guwahati, followed by Morigaon (27), Dibrugarh (18), Nagaon (16), Nalbari (25), Dhubri (30), and from other districts. The number continues to rise as the operation is still underway.