Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav has said that the Assam government on Monday evicted 1,800 families of illegal settlers from the Kaziranga National Park area."Upholding its poll promise the Assam government has today evicted 1,800 families of illegal settlers from Kaziranga National Park area," said Madhav in his Facebook post.According to Madhav, initially the state government had information about less number of occupiers. But when the actual eviction operation began, it turned out that colonies have been put up by infiltrators occupying vast tracts of the national park. "Some 100-odd families have voluntarily left the occupied land while the government was compelled to use force for the eviction of others," reads the post.
The state government's bold move to protect the world heritage site of Kaziranga National Park has been widely appreciated by the people of Assam, it added.Stating that Independence Day in Assam earlier used to be a muted affair due to insurgent threats and bandh calls, Madhav said the state government held three-day Independence Day celebrations across the state from August 14 to 16, 2016, after a long time. "Thanks to the government's firm initiative, I-Day was celebrated widely across the state by people with a lot of enthusiasm. People thus gave a strong reply to the insurgents that they are no longer tolerated," said Madhav.