Authorities in neighbouring Shamli district have removed illegal shelters put up on forest land by refugees following last year’s violence in the area, officials said. According to Kairana Sub-Divisional Magistrate, SK Mishra, the forest space near Roten village was, on Monday, cleared of the unauthorised structures after the refugees were served with a notice on June 13 to vacate government land.
In the operation which was carried out in the Jhinjhana police station area, forest department officials demolished illegal structures and removed the possessions of the refugees. SDM Mishra had earlier said that a team of government officials had visited the camps on June 13 to “appeal” to the displaced persons to return to their native villages within three days.
“They would not be allowed to stay on government land and have been asked to vacate the shelters”, Mishra had told reporters. The illegal shelters are located in Malakpura, Narpur Khurgan, Akbarpur and Sunethi villages in Shamli district. More than 250 families, who fled their homes after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar of last September which claimed more than 60 lives, are believed to be staying in such shelters in Shamli district.