Assam CM Himanta Suspects Third Party Role In Violence During Eviction

Story Highlights
  • CM Himanta Biswas hints the role of third party in Sipajhar violence.
  • 2 persons were killed and 20 others injured in the violence that broke out.
  • 60 families have to be evicted but there are 10,000 Bengali speaking Muslims illegally occupying lands.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma suspects the role of the third party in violence that killed 2 and injured twenty people after a mob clashed with the police during an eviction drive in Darrang district of Assam.

“The situation is normal now. As many as 60 families have to be evicted but there were 10,000 people, who brought them. Popular Front of India’s name is emerging in this but I’ll not give any comment till the judicial probe is completed,” quoted the Assam chief minister. The eviction drive was launched by the police and the district administration to vacate 4,500 bighas (602.40 hectares) of government land illegally encroached by several hundreds of Bengali-speaking Muslim families.

The Assam government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident of violence. Sushanta Biswa Sarma, Area Superintendent of Police, and younger brother of the chief minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, said the protesters were armed with sharp weapons and pelted the police personnel. The police initially fired in the air to disperse the protesters but failed. They further added that this forced the men in uniform to shoot. The incident killed two, injured at least ten others, and several policemen suffered injuries.

Talking about the incident, Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee criticized BJP over the law and order situation in states ruled by it. Meanwhile, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said the eviction drive will continue.

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