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3 killed in protest violence in Guwahati
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Three people, including a child, were killed and about 50 injured Wednesday as police fired at and teargassed a mob opposing an eviction drive in Assam’s main city Guwahati. The rampaging crowd set fire to more than a dozen vehicles in the violence.
Police confirmed the death of three people, including a nine-year-old child, in the protest. Shoot-on-sight orders were issued after the mob went on a rampage attacking pedestrians and vehicles.
At least five government buses and several cars were set ablaze even as protestors pelted security forces with stones and other missiles. Police retaliated with tear gas and used batons to disperse the mobs. They also opened fire in the air.
IGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta warned that rioters destroying public property would be dealt with severely.
More than 5,000 people led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), a peasants group, staged a protest in Guwahati asking authorities to stop an eviction drive in the city’s hill areas.
“The mob started pelting stones and attacking vehicles, prompting police to act,” a police official said. Traffic in the city went out of gear as the protestors squatted on the road. The government finally managed to calm down tempers by announcing that the eviction drive had been halted till June 28.
Earlier, protestors were still laying seize to G S Road while officials of the government led by lower Assam division commissioner and senior police officials were trying to negotiate with the KMSS leadership led by Akhil Gogoi to diffuse the tension in the area where curfew was likely to be clamed at any time. The protestors had even demanded that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to come to talks to them and assure them to stop the eviction drive that is threatening to render indigenous people homeless.
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.

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