WATCH VIDEO: Brutal crackdown on locals by Assam police during ‘anti-encroachment drive’
Videos from the site in Darrang district show police thrashing a man who charged at them with a stick and shooting him. The blows with sticks did not stop even as he lies motionless on the ground
The Assam police on Thursday launched a brutal crackdown on locals during an anti-encroachment drive in Darrang district. Videos from the site show police thrashing a man who charged at them with a stick and shooting him.
The policemen - in riot gear and armed with sticks and guns - are seen overpowering the man. The blows with sticks did not stop even as he lies motionless on the ground.
Officially, the police says nine cops and two civilians were injured in the eviction drive at Dholpur, as per an NDTV report.
The Superintendent of Police, Darrang, told NDTV that the locals resisted the eviction drive and started pelting stones. "Our nine policemen were injured. Two civilians were also injured. They have been shifted to hospital. Now things are normal," SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma said.
Asked about the footage of the local being shot and then beaten, he said "The area is big. I was on another side. I will find out and assess the situation."
There was tension in the area since Monday as 800 families have been evicted.
Incidentally, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had tweeted after the eviction drive on Monday, "I am happy and compliment district administration of Darrang and Assam Police for having cleared about 4500 bigha, by evicting 800 households."