Muslims protesting towards authorities’s compelled displacement fired at by policemen, killing at the very least two and wounding many.

A video of a photographer stomping and attacking the physique of a person shot by the police within the northeastern state of Assam has gone viral in India, triggering uproar and protests.

Within the video, which has not been independently verified by Al Jazeera, a person is seen working with a stick in the direction of a gaggle of policemen in riot gear, holding firearms, in Sipajhar village in Assam’s Darrang district on Thursday.

The photographer, recognized as Bijoy Bania, can also be seen with the policemen, who instantly open hearth on the charging man.

As quickly as he falls to the bottom after being shot, almost a dozen policemen proceed to assault him with batons.

Because the wounded man, recognized by the police as Moinul Haque, lies on the bottom – a crimson stain on his vest marking the world the place he was shot – Bania approaches the physique and begins to stomp on it.

The photographer, his face coated and a digicam slung round his neck, additionally punches and kicks the physique earlier than he’s taken away by the policemen.

Seconds later, Bania returns to repeat his assault. This time, Haque’s physique seems to be lifeless.

In the direction of the top of the 72-second video, Bania is seen being hugged by an individual in civilian garments current on the spot.

Indian media experiences mentioned Bania was arrested late on Thursday and a judicial inquiry into the incident, through which at the very least another particular person died, has been ordered by the state authorities.

Darrang Superintendent of Police Susanta Biswa Sarma, who, in accordance with media experiences, is the brother of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, informed The Indian Categorical newspaper that police “did what they needed to do” in “self-defence”.

The violence in Sipajhar happened throughout a protest by Bengali-origin Muslims towards a so-called “eviction drive” ordered by the Assam authorities, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP).

The BJP has been accused of exploiting the ethnic and non secular fault strains in Assam for electoral positive aspects, and working a hate marketing campaign towards Muslims, who account for a 3rd of the state’s inhabitants.

On Monday, almost 800 households had been forcefully displacement from their lands and their shanties destroyed by the federal government officers in Sipajhar, regardless of monsoon rains within the area.

Residents, nevertheless, informed Indian media they’d purchased the land years in the past and had approached the native courtroom towards the displacement drive. The courtroom remains to be listening to the matter.

In the meantime, protests have been referred to as in Assam, nationwide capital New Delhi and different locations over Thursday’s violence.

“Assam is on state-sponsored hearth,” tweeted India’s opposition Congress celebration chief, Rahul Gandhi.

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