Assam: 2 killed, 60 injured as police opens fire on violent protestors

At least two persons including a nine-year-old boy were killed and several others injured when police opened fire to control a mob of protestors who went on a rampage on the arterial Guwahati-Shillong Road near Assam’s capital complex at Dispur on Wednesday.

At least 60 persons including policemen, scribes were injured , five of them seriously, during the clash between police and protestors who had gathered near Dispur under the banner of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity in protest against the latest eviction drive launched by Assam government to evict illegal settlers from forest land in an around Guwahati in particular and the state in general.

City SSP Dipak Choudhury and a DSP were also injured in the clash.

One of the slain persons have been identified as Siva Sharma who died in Guwahati Medical College Hospital while the nine-year-old boy who died of injuries in a private hospital is yet to be identified.

Thousands of people gathered near the state’s capital complex on Wednesday noon to hold protest against the eviction drive.

The agitation took violent turned when protestors blocked the busy G S Road to vent their anger against failure of any senior government officials to turn up in the spot to hold talks with them. The protestors even demanded that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi [ Images ] to come to talks to them and assure them to stop the eviction drive that is threatening to render indigenous people homeless.

The protestors started pelting stones at the policemen while some miscreants burnt down at least three vehicles and damaged several other vehicles including government city buses. The police were forced to resort to lathi-charge, tear gas shelling and then firing to control the mob.

The protestors are still laying seize to G S Road while officials of the government led by lower Assam division commissioner and senior police officials are trying to negotiate with the KMSS leadership led by Akhil Gogoi to diffuse the tension in the area where curfew is likely to be clamed at any time.

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/assam-2-dead-60-hurt-in-police-protestors-clash/20110622.htm

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