Over 500 illegal land brokers in Assam have been arrested since Monday night as police cracked the whip on such middlemen. While over 400 land brokers arrested in Assam in overnight operations, the rest 70 were apprehended during the day.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on land brokers, a few days earlier, had warned of acting tough against the illegal brokers.
The spokesperson for the police said that the number of arrests touched 520 till 5 pm on Tuesday.
Later he told the reporters here that a list with about 700 names was there with the police and more arrests will be made soon.
The highest number of arrests was made in Kamrup (Rural) district at 52. As many as 41 suspected illegal brokers were apprehended in Barpeta district, followed by 35 in Guwahati (Kamrup Metropolitan), 33 in Biswanath, and 31 in Nalbari, he further added.
However, Assam Chief Minister has urged the people to restrain from approaching land brokers and wait for a few days to get their work done directly from the offices concerned.
Noting that sometimes people have to pay bribes to get the death certificates of their relatives, CM said that there should be no middlemen in any government office. “If we want our state to progress, this has to stop. There should be no deals (middlemen) in any office, be it in police stations, or revenue offices”, CM Sarma said.