The Assam government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the clashes that broke out in Assam’s Sipajhar on Thursday during an eviction drive. 

At least three persons died after police opened fire to control an agitated crowd of protestors. 

However, according to government data, two persons have lost their lives in the firing. 

On the other hand, nine police personnel also sustained injuries during the clashes. 

The judicial probe will be conducted under the chairmanship of a retired judge of the Gauhati High Court. 

“The Government in the Home & Political Departments have decided to institute an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of 02 (two) civilians and injury of several others including police personnel in the firing incident that took place at Dhalpur area in Sipajhar Revenue Circle under Darrang District on 23/09/21,” an order issued by the Assam government said. 

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On Thursday morning, when officials of the Darrang district administration supported by a huge contingent of armed security personnel reached Siajhar-Dholpur area to carry out an eviction drive, the locals protested.  

The protest soon turned ugly, as demonstrators attacked policemen and other district administration officials with sticks and other sharp weapons. 

With situation going out of hands, the police resorted to lathi-charge. However, with situation still not in control and being attacked, the police resorted to opening fire, resulting in death of three persons. 

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