Assam ‘pogrom’: Two killed during forced eviction of Muslim families
At least two protestors were killed and a dozen more people got injured in Indian state of Assam on Thursday as violence broke out amid eviction drive against Muslim families whom the authorities termed as illegal encroachers.
In a horrific video, a man, who seems to be a cameraman, along with the police force was seen beating and brutalising a protestor meanwhile who fell down to the ground and succumbed to his injuries.
In an earlier part of the video, the protestor was seen chasing the police with a stick in his hand while the forces resorted to fire gunshots aimlessly.
However, later he was overpowered and killed with a bullet wound which was visible on his chest. “A photographer ran behind him until the time the men in uniform surrounded the man as gunshots rang in the background,” India Today‘s report described the incident.
At the end of the video, policemen could be seen hugging the photographer.
According to the Indian media, the cameraperson has now been arrested while a judicial probe has been ordered by the Assam government. The Indian media also reported that at least nine policemen were among the injured.
The second person was killed after reportedly being burnt alive.
Around 800 Bengali-speaking Muslim families have been evicted so far while a mosque was martyred in what was described by the local media as “anti-encroachment drive”.
The Assam incident has received condemnation and criticism from Indian politicians, right groups, journalists and human rights activists.