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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday issued a statement after an eviction drive at Assam’s Sipajhar turned violent. Claiming the involvement of ‘radical elements’ behind the violence, the chief minister said he would move Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court for a judicial inquiry into the matter.

“Who instigated the violence? We have ordered a judicial enquiry,” said the CM.

“This was very very urgent. I cannot allow 27,000 acres of land like that. It has to be put on productive purposes,” he added.

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“I am talking to them for the last 4 months; there was no provocation. We evicted 80 per cent of the land. Provocation came the next day with the 10 per cent of the land which we tried to evict. 60 households were there,” said the Assam Chief Minister, asking where the “ten thousand people appeared from”.

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The CM said people have also gone and encroached upon land belonging to temples. “It was not in a hurry; we have been talking to them for the last 4 months. A Congress party delegation came to me, they agreed with me saying yes if you allot land according to the land policy, we have no issue,” he added.

The chief minister emphasised that the decision was not taken overnight and that the violence in Sipajhar broke out despite a series of discussions.

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