A harrowing video went viral on social media, where Indian police officers can be seen beating Muslims in Assam. In the video, several Assam cops can be seen beating a man with sticks even as he lay motionless on the ground.
The police brutality video has emerged from an eviction drive in the Sipajhar area of Darrang district of Assam. Policemen opened fire at a man and thrashed him.
A photographer, identified as Bijay Shankar Baniya, is also seen assaulting the man, who appears to have a bullet wound in his chest. Baniya is a professional photographer who was hired by the district administration to document the situation and has been arrested, according to reports.
According to Scroll, the administration served an eviction notice to residents of Kirakota Char late on Wednesday night. There was a protest on Thursday morning, after which the administration reportedly “promised that the villagers will be rehabilitated before the eviction”. But when the activists left the area, the police opened fire on the protestors, residents told Scroll.
Pakistan’s federal minister Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to condemn the incident, and said, “Today, Prime Minister Imran Khan will once again draw the attention of the United Nations to the atrocities taking place in India. #ModiFascism”
Lawyer, Aman Wadud tweeted, “HOW will the govt stop the hatred he represents? Oh, wait! It is this govt that generated this HATRED!”
Journalist Ankur Bhardwaj tweeted, “A dance of death. #Assam”