Assam Eviction Violence:
There has been a big ruckus in Assam over the removal of encroachments. Violent clashes broke out between police and locals in Dholpur in Assam's Darrang district on Thursday in which at least two protesters were killed and 20 injured, news agency PTI reported. Most of the injured are policemen. The condition of some of the injured is said to be very critical. According to officials, the policemen opened fire to disperse the crowd.
According to reports, a large number of people were protesting demanding the rehabilitation of 800 families evicted by the Darrang district administration of Assam. Suddenly a clash broke out between the protesters and the police force. Later, two persons were killed while at least 20 others were injured in firing by the police. The evicted families had started a protest in Sipjhar. The protesters demanded that the evictions should be stopped and a comprehensive rehabilitation package should be provided to them.
Darrang Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma said the trouble started when a mob of protesters armed with sharp weapons started pelting stones and attacked policemen and common people present at the spot. According to Assam CM Sushant Biswa Sarma, police personnel opened fire in self-defense in which two people died. At least 10 people were injured in the clashes between the two sides. Most of the injured are policemen.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Guwahati that there would be no stay on the eviction action by the administration. The police have been entrusted with the responsibility of clearing the land from illegal encroachers. The policemen will be stationed till the work is completed. The encroachment removal work will stop when it gets dark and will resume on Friday. At the same time, officials said that the Darang district administration has vacated 602.04 hectares of land since Monday. In this, 800 families have been evicted. Not only this, four illegally constructed religious structures have been demolished.