- Over 5,000 Muslims in Assam rendered homeless, compelled to stay underneath open sky with out medicines, tents or bathrooms.
- Video clip of a cameraman stomping a immobile Assam man’s face goes viral.
- Rights activists condemn Indian police brutality.
Two folks have been killed and 11 injured Thursday when Indian police dedicated violence in opposition to Muslims in Assam in a bid to drive them from alleged encroachments on authorities land.
The clashes occurred at Dholpur 3 in northern Assam’s Darrang space, one of many 4 locations the place the police focused its anti-encroachment drive. Round 800 households have been evicted from the land, who’re accused of “illegally occupying” authorities property.
“Two civilians are in all probability useless and two extra injured, together with 9 police personnel. A mob of not lower than 4,000 resisted the eviction drive by throwing stones on the police and attacking them with sharpened bamboo sticks,” claimed Darrang’s Superintendent of Police, Sushanta Biswa Sarma.
A video from the incident has gone viral on social media. Within the video, a number of Assam cops may be seen in anti-riot gear, mercilessly thrashing a person with sticks whilst he lay immobile on the bottom.
A person carrying a digicam may be seen angrily stomping the person’s face as he lays there on the bottom, not shifting. One other police officer then jumps in and hits the person on the face with a stick earlier than the others beckon him to depart.
The video has earned the ire of the Indian public on social media as many, shocked and disgusted by the bare aggression, took to Twitter to sentence the police brutality.
Sharing the video, the All India United Democratic Entrance (AIUDF) MLA Ashraful Hussain tweeted, “‘Terror Power’ of fascist, communal & bigoted Govt. capturing at its personal residents. Additionally, who’s the individual with digicam? Somebody from our ‘Nice Media’ orgs? The enchantment of those villagers, in opposition to eviction, is pending within the Excessive Court docket. Couldn’t the Govt wait until courtroom order?”
Indian reporter Arunab Saikia additionally condemned the incident, saying that some “horrific visuals” have been coming in.
“Three useless, in keeping with the native accounts, as Assam govt’s eviction drive in Darrang district’s Sipajhar turns violent. Some horrific visuals coming in,” he tweeted.
A former Indian legislator and politician Waris Pathan condemned the “inhumane” act by Assam police.
Pakistan’s federal minister Ali Haider Zaidi took to Twitter to sentence the incident, questioning the “Shining India” narrative.
Federal Minister for Info and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry additionally condemned the incident, saying that Prime Minister Imran Khan will as soon as once more tackle the world right now and level out the atrocities being dedicated in opposition to minorities in India.
‘No medical groups, no water, no bathrooms’
After evicting over 5,000 folks from 800 households, the Bengali-speaking ladies and kids in Assam, in addition to the lads, are compelled to stay underneath the open sky.
The climate has not been variety to them.
The Indian authorities’s transfer to demolish houses and pressure the poor to vacate the world has been criticised by human rights activists.
“The administration is telling them to maneuver from there too. However the place will they go?” requested Saddam Hussen, a social activist from Sipajhar, who was on the spot. “Since final evening, there was rain and fierce winds… babies, ladies are huddled collectively within the midst of all this. Some acquired the eviction notices the evening earlier than, some on the day of the drive and a few didn’t get any discover in any respect,” he requested.
“There are not any medical groups, no operating water, no bathrooms… not even tarpaulin to cowl them. That is fully inhumane,” Rejaul Karim, the president of All Assam Minority College students’ Union (AAMSU), who visited the spot earlier on Tuesday, mentioned.