August 20, 2016

Removal of squatters is in conformity with law: Home Affairs

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday that the recent removal of squatterss in Yangon Region was carried out entirely within the law.
The operation was conducted under the direct supervision of the ministry concerned, Maj-Gen Aung Soe responded to a query raised at the parliament, stressing that the eviction of squatters did not require any court order.
U Htay Oo of Yangon constituency 2 enquired about the forceful removals of squatters without any court orders in Dagon Seikkan, Mingaladon and Hlegu townships last year.
When asked about the police presence at the sites, Maj-Gen Aung Soe explained that the deployment of police was just to prevent unnecessary conflict between the squatters and officers on duty.
“The police were present there only for security reason,” he said.
According to statistics released by the Yangon Region government, there are 1,280 squats on land owned by the Department of Agriculture in Hlegu, 232 squats on the land designated as an area for state projects in Dagon Seikkan, and 478 squats on farmland in the Pyinmabin industrial zone in Mingaladon.—Thein Ko Lwin


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