At least three persons have died due to police firing at Sipajhar in Assam after situation during an eviction drive turned ugly. 

Moreover, at least eight policemen also sustained injuries in clashes that broke out between locals and police in Sipajhar-Dholpur area, after officials of the Darrang district administration reached the area for an eviction drive. 

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. 

Also read: Assam: Top Maoist leader Tingraj Orang surrenders in Dibrugarh

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. 

Over 500 families were evicted on Thursday. On Monday, over 800 families were evicted.  

Meanwhile, political blame game has picked up pace over the incident. 

Assam Congress president Bhupen Borah has condemned the loss of life and criticized the state government for ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation in the state. 

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com