A fierce clash broke out between the local people and the police in Dholpur Gorukhuti area of Assam’s Darrang district on Thursday. At least two people have been killed and several others, including nine policemen, were injured in clashes between police and locals (protesters) during an anti-encroachment operation. The clash between the protesters and the police took place when the team had gone to remove illegal encroachers from the land belonging to the state agriculture project.
Policemen were also seen firing bullets at the protesters in a video viral on social media. Police say that during the anti-encroachment drive, the protesters protested and started pelting stones at the police team. SP Sushant Biswa Sarma said that nine of our policemen have been injured. Let us inform that some time back the Assam cabinet had decided to fully recover the land from the encroachers and convert it into a state agricultural project.
Over 800 families were rendered homeless after the Assam government launched a massive encroachment drive in Dholpur Gorukhuti village in Darang district on Monday, India Today reported. The government recovered 4,500 bighas of land from this campaign. Mostly Muslims of East Bengal origin live in this village.
For the first time in the month of June, such a campaign was launched in the village, after which a fact-finding committee visited the area. The committee had said that 49 Muslim families and one Hindu family were evicted from here in the campaign. Local newspapers had said that the police team had cleared 120 bighas of land (1 bigha about 900 square yards), which allegedly belonged to the ancient Shiv temple. Some residents of Dholpur Gorukhuti told a news website that the number of evicted families is over 900, taking the number of affected people to at least 20,000.