Assam firing after-effect: locals block national highway as mark of protest
As a mark of protest against the killing of 10 people in Assam over a disputed land in Assam's Sonitpur district, the locals blocked the national highway, connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. 12 others were also injured in the incident.
All the victims were from Assam
and part of a vigilante group called Arunachali Agrasan Birodhi Samiti, which was formed to protect the Assamese territory from being taken over by people from Arunachal Pradesh. The kin of the victims are blaming the government for negligence of security.
An eye witness said that armed people from Arunachal Pradesh
attacked the village and killed at least 10 innocent people. He said that the attackers came in surprisingly and, they did not get a chance to realise what was exactly happening. He added the attackers were more than 100 in number. “I was cooking when they came in army attires, covering their faces. They started attacking and we were helpless, so we ran away,” reported nnis.
On the other hand, social workers are blaming the state government authorities, for neglecting the issue, which was existing nearly from decades. Both sets of people lived on encroached land for years, but in the past few weeks, authorities in Assam are reported to have carried out eviction drives in the forest.
A social activist said, “This is a very unfortunate incident, because Assam forest department and government failed to protect the land. Thousands of Assamese people came here not to capture the land, but to protect it, which Assam government and forest department should have done.”