Zaykabar forcibly demolishes houses in Yangon

YANGON- Some houses in Satmuzonetoochey-1 Street of Mingaladon Township, Yangon, were forcibly demolished by staff from Zaykabar Company yesterday afternoon.

Since the beginning of 2012, Zaykabar had faced a lawsuit over possession of 11.077 acres situated in Satmuzonetoochey-1 Street, Mingaladon Township with four farmers.

The land possession case had taken nearly six years and it was won by the company.

“When we opened the lawsuit against land possession, we won. That’s why we grabbed the land together with respective authorities from the court and security to handover the land to the Zaykabar Company. We sent notice to those who failed in the case on October 16,” said Myint Zaw from Zaykabar Company.

Although the Northern District Court made an order on October 16 to those who lived in the disputed land to leave, the farmers said they didn’t know about the court’s warning.

About 150 workers from Zaykabar Company launched removal operations yesterday afternoon taking about 100 police members and they demolished over 50 houses situated in controversial land.

“We want to file an appeal to the high court. When we submitted the case to the Farmland Securitising Committee, our houses were forcibly demolished. It is true we lost the case at the levels of township, district and region courts.

“Now, we are going to apply a special appeal at the high court. We have documents of possession for the land. We’ve lived on the land since 1980. No one informed us [of the plan] to demolish the houses,” said Hla Htay, one of evicted house owners.

Kan Tun, out of four farmers, has already rented the disputed to over 50 households, which each paying K20, 000 per month for a plot.

“We lived in the street over two years. We hired a plot from owner Kan Tun. If we will demolish our house, we have no place to live,” said Thi Thi Hlaing, one of the house renters.

“Every house has elders and students. We are now sitting on the land because we don’t know where we live. Authorities didn’t inform us they were going to demolish the houses.

“I was working at a factory. As we heard that the police would demolish our houses, we came back. We are now homeless.”

Among the dispute land, only Kan Tun had hired out plots.

By yesterday evening, Zaykabar Company has demolished two houses,. They said they will be launching removal operations for the remaining houses in coming days.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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