Three families in the Papua New Guinea town of Lae have been evicted from customary land, with authorities saying they had been involved in producing homebrew alcohol.
The National newspaper reports the law and order committee chairman, Sam Oyaya, said the families had been served notices to leave the Ahi settlement.
They had been involved in producing, consuming and trading the homebrew, which had been the cause of local unrest, he said.
The families were from Pindiue, Sialum and Kabwum, and the eviction was a suggestion from community members and leaders in the area.
The decision was supported by Ahi land owners and the Lae district law and order committees, following the recent death of a Wabag man.