A disturbing video puportedly from Assam shared by news organisation Maktoob Media shows police firing on unarmed civilians after locals protested against an eviction drive against 800 Muslim families.
The video further shows a man with cameras, apparently a journalist, lyching and desecrating what appears to be a lifeless body of a protestor after he falls down when a group of police perssonel assault him with batons.
Reports said that atleast three people have been killed in police firing.
‘Terror Force’ of fascist, communal & bigoted Govt. shooting at its own citizens. Also, who is the person with camera? Someone from our ‘Great Media’ orgs?
The appeal of these villagers, against eviction, is pending in the High Court. Couldn’t the Govt wait till court order? pic.twitter.com/XI5N0FSjJd
— Ashraful Hussain (@AshrafulMLA) September 23, 2021
At least 800 families, occupying about 4,500 bighas of land, in Assam’s Darrang district have been evicted as part of the state government’s drive against “illegal encroachments” on Monday.
Following the drive, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “Continuing our drive against illegal encroachments, I am happy and compliment district administration of Darrang and @assampolice for having cleared about 4500 bigha, by evicting 800 households, demolishing 4 illegal religious structures and a private instn at Sipajhar, Darrang.”
He added that he had inspected such riverine areas “encroached by illegal settlers near Dholpur Shiva Mandir” in June.
“I had assured temple mgmt & local people to set up a Manikut, build a guest house & boundary wall. Today’s eviction is aimed at starting community farming by removing encroachment,” he wrote.