On Monday morning, 2 persons including a woman were died and 5 others injured in police firing during a drive to evict illegal settlers, many alleged Bangladeshis, near the 430 sq km Kaziranga National Park.
The AAMSU, All Assam Minority Students’ Union, termed the eviction drive inhuman and called for a highway blockades across the state in protest.
The Gauhati high court in October last year had ordered eviction in three villages – Bandardubi, Deosursang and Palkhowa – near KNP. The area, about 200 km east of Guwahati, falls in Nagaon district.
The eviction was scheduled for Wednesday, but the Nagaon district authorities advanced it reportedly to prevent the settlers’ resistance from building up.
Around 190 and 160 families were evicted from Banderdubi and Deochurchang, respectively. While a few Assamese families had shifted ahead of the drive, others tried to prevent the eviction team from entering their area.
2 dead people were identified as Anjuma Khatun and Fakhruddin.
The situation turned tense, with protesters squatting and resorting to stone-pelting. The security forces resorted to lathicharge and then opened fire to disperse them.
The injured in the firing were admitted to Kakhalabandha Health Centre. The authorities have pressed elephants, excavators and rollers into service to demolish the houses.