Assam Eviction Violence: Under Sarma Rule, Muslims Face a Double Attack – By Suraj Gogoi
At least two people were killed and nine were injured during the Assam government’s eviction drive in the state’s Darrang district on Thursday, 23 September. In one of the videos that went viral on social media, police officers can be seen chasing a local and thrashing him with wooden sticks. Another man carrying a video camera is seen pouncing on an unconscious local….
Bulldozed evictions have become very frequent in Assam, and they usually target Muslims. The Hindutva project makes them a double target now, with the support base of Hindutva growing over the years….
We see that most of the evicted people are from the Muslim community living in the riverine areas known as ‘char-chaporis’. The ‘encroached land’, now ‘free’, will be given to indigenous youth of the area to practice community farming, as per Sarma’s “dream project”, notes Dilip Saikia in a tweet. These ‘dreams’ are indeed selective, targeted and violent….