Assam police firing: A witness to the incident said some villagers in the state’s Dholpur area had attacked security personnel who had arrived there to carry out an eviction drive. Police then opened fire in self-defense, killing two persons, both civilians. Here’s all you need to know about the incident.
Meanwhile, a witness said some villagers in the state’s Dholpur area had attacked security personnel who had arrived there to carry out an eviction drive. This eventually led to the open fire by the police.
The deceased were identified as Saddam Hussain and Sheikh Forid. Also, several people were injured, including nine policemen. Assistant Sub-Inspector Moniruddin is admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital in a critical condition, news agency PTI reported.
Here’s all you need to know about the incident:
WHEN DID THE INCIDENT HAPPEN?
The viral video was reportedly shot on September 20 when police were carrying out an eviction drive against “illegal encroachers”. The eviction drive has been going on since September 20 in Dholpur 1 and Dholpur 3 villages in the Sipajhar area.
The trouble broke out when a mob of protesters, who were armed with sharp weapons, started pelting stones and attacking policemen and general people present at the spot, Darrang Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma was quoted by PTI as saying.
WHAT DOES THE VIRAL VIDEO SHOW?
A 30-second video captured amid the chaos showed a lungi-clad man, allegedly an illegal settler, running with a stick in hand towards a group of policemen. He was then shot at by the police in his chest and then brutally thrashed by them, the video showed.
Later in the video, Bijay Shankar Baniya, a professional photographer, hired by the district administration to document the situation, can be seen running behind the Assam villager until police surrounded him, even as gunshots rang in the background.
Bijay Shankar was then seen kicking and punching the man who now laid motionless on the ground after the bullet hit him on his chest. He was arrested by police late Thursday.
‘VILLAGERS PELTED STONES AT SECURITY PERSONNEL
Sukur Ali, who was at the moment of the incident, said, “I was there when the incident happened. The incident took place at Dholpur 1 and Dholpur 3 village where some people pelted stones at the security personnel who had gone there to evict the encroachers. Some villagers also attacked security personnel.” This led to police firing in the open and using tear gas shells.
Darrang Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma, a younger brother of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, also claimed that the protesters, armed with sharp weapons, pelted the police personnel and others present with stones.
The police opened fire in self-defence killing two persons, both civilians. This led to the two sides coming to blows, said Sushanta Biswa Sarma.
Heavy security has now been deployed in the Balua ghat area which is located around 3-4 km away from the Dholpur area. A temporary camp of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been set up by the district administration.
WHY WERE VILLAGERS PROTESTING?
The incident happened when the Assam police were trying to evict “encroachers”. The drive was carried out on Monday in the Dholpur Bazar area, West Chuba area, Dholpur no. 1 and 3 under the Sipajhar revenue circle.
The public protest had erupted over the demand for rehabilitation of nearly 800 families evicted from the land they were living on for decades.