Sipajhar Killing: Delhi Police Detain Protestors Gathered Outside Assam Bhavan 

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AISA gives protest call for Saturday at Jantar Mantar, demands resignation of Darrang SP who happens to be Assam CM’s brother

Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Delhi Police detained a group of activists who gathered outside the Assam Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. The activists belonging to the Fraternity Movement were protesting against Thursday’s killing in Assam’s Sipajhar in Darrang district that has shocked the entire nation. There, police firing claimed the lives of two of the protestors, including one who was brutalized by a photographer hired by the local administration.

The photographer, Bijoy Shankar Baniya, has been arrested and sent to 14 days judicial custody, while CID has registered a case against him. A shocking video shows Baniya jumping and attacking an incapacitated protester who later died.

Friday’s protest in Delhi could not last long. The moment activists started raising slogans, the police and paramilitary forces closed in and mobbed them. They tried to resist but police resorted to heckling and pushed them into a bus and drove them away. They were taken to Mandir Marg police station.

A little later fraternity Movement president Shamsher Ibrahim appeared at the scene. He too was dragged away into the police van while he was speaking with the media.

“What happened in Assam is actually state-sponsored genocide,” Ibrahim said. “Assam is an experimental land for NRC, a racial law — referring to an exercise that was completed in August 2019 to prepare a list of citizens. We should not stay silent. We should raise our voice, that is why youth under the banner of the Fraternity Movement gathered here.”

Another activist Abu Jafar Molla called the police action “barbarity and heartless”. He said the eviction process is aimed at ethnic cleansing of Muslims of Assam.

On September 21, the state government demolished homes of 800 families in a Muslim dominated greater Dholpur area of Darrang district’s Sipajhar revenue circles to clear 4,500 bighas of land of “illegal encroachments”.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed “happiness” at the eviction of people as he said the exercise will enable community farming in the area. Four religious structures and a private institution were also demolished, Sarma said.

Reacting to Thursday’s killing and brutality shown by policy, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the action “state-sponsored firing”.

Bhupen Kumar Borah, state unit president of Congress, also led a protest in Guwahati. A video shows him confronting a police officer as they were stopped from protesting. “Kill me but don’t take my democratic right to protest against injustice,” he is seen telling the cop.

Meanwhile, All India Students Association has given a protest call at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Satuday, September 25 against killings in Assam. The AISA poster for protests said that the group demands the resignation of Superintendent of Police Darrang district who is brother of state chief minister.

Welfare Party condemns eviction

Welfare Party of India has condemned the gruesome eviction drive undertaken during the Pandemic in Darrang district and held Assam Chief Minister Sarma accountable and demanded his immediate resignation.

Party’s National President Dr SQR Ilyas strongly criticised the barbaric and inhuman act adopted during the forceful eviction drive of the minorities in the Darrang district of Assam is an oppressive move by the BJP government.

He said the incident is highly deplorable and is a state-sponsored terror. He called it an attempt for ethnic cleansing of Bengali Muslims in a free democratic country.

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