Assam violence: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma meets State Muslim leaders, discusses violence

Guwahati: A joint delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind held a meeting with Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati to discuss the issue of violence during the encroachment drive in Sipazar in Assam's Darang district on Thursday. Shafi Madani, national secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said after the meeting that he was pleased with the meeting.

It may be recalled that on Thursday, police opened fire while trying to evacuate encroachers in Sipazar, killing two people. About 11 people were injured in clashes with police. State CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had also made a statement on Friday over the violence. He said we have ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter. At the same time, he said that we have to continue this campaign.

CM Sarma had said that the drive to remove encroachments was launched on the basis of mutual consent. According to the land policy to the landless, there was a plan to give 2 acres of land to each one and it was agreed upon. We did not expect that the removal of encroachments would be opposed, but about 10,000 people surrounded the Assam Police and attacked them, after which the police had to fire in self-defence.

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