Thousands protest against eviction of Muslims in Assam Pakistan summons Indian diplomat to protest the incident

Thousands protest against eviction of Muslims in Assam  Pakistan summons Indian  diplomat to protest the incident

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NEW DELHI: Thousands staged protests in India’s Assam state on Friday, a day after two people were killed when hundreds clashed with police over the state government’s eviction of Muslim families from their homes.
Assam’s government has faced widespread condemnation over the tactics used to eject the families, with critics pointing to them as the latest example of discrimination against Muslims under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi called the police use of guns against protesters “state-sponsored fire”. Police said they were attacked with machetes and bamboo sticks.
Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswas Sarma, a BJP member, said the police were only doing their duty, but halted the evictions on Friday.
Other rallies were organised by student groups, with some burning an effigy of the chief minister. In New Delhi, a dozen students were detained by police as they too protested against the incident.
The viral video from Thursday showed police in riot gear beating a protestor who had fallen to the ground seconds after gunshots were heard.
A photographer, hired by district officials to film the evictions, jumped on the man and was seen punching the body multiple times. The photographer has since been arrested, according to police.
Leaders of India’s 170 million Muslims say they have been unfairly targeted since Modi’s party came to power in 2014.
They say a controversial nationality law that sparked riots in Delhi in 2020, and hate crimes including lynchings, have all increased fear in their community.
Meanwhile, the Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office Friday and conveyed the Pakistan’s grave concern over the recent targeting of Muslims in India’s State of Assam, where a brutal eviction drive against the Muslim residents of the State has been launched.
It was conveyed to the Indian official that the recent incidents of violence are, unfortunately, only a continuation of the relentless anti-Muslim violence which has become a norm in India under state patronage.
The Indian Charge d’ Affaires was told that the Government of India must investigate the recent anti-Muslim violence in Assam and other such incidents that have happened throughout India and punish the perpetrators of these crimes. It should also take measures to stop such incidents from recurring in future.