As many as 453 land brokers were arrested in the midnight crackdown on Monday from different places of Assam.

Police said they were nabbed from different districts of Assam for allegedly indulging in unlawful activities involving land sale, purchase and holding.

The police action comes days after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the Revenue department officials to eliminate middlemen from land-related work.

A total of 30 land brokers were arrested in Dhubri while 27 each were apprehended from Morigaon and Nalbari 27.

Among other districts, 18 were arrested from Dibrugarh and 22 from Guwahati.

“We strive to identify the black sheep amongst government personnel involved along with ascertaining unlawful backward and forward linkages of the persons arrested and take further action thereafter,” said Special Director General of Police G.P. Singh.

On September 7, chief minister Sarma held a meeting with Revenue and Disaster Management department officials.

He said middlemen “must be removed from the system” and citizens empowered to complete their land-related projects without difficulty.

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