Jamaat, Jamiat, SIO delegation meeting with Assam CM over violent Dholpur eviction.
Darrang, Assam, 27 Sept. 2021: A joint delegation, comprising national and state leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiatul Ulema Hind (JUH) and Students Islamic organisation of India (SIO) has called on Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at his office in Guwahati over over the violent eviction drive in Darrang district. The joint delegation, accompanied by some MLAs of the AIUDF, in the meeting with the Chief Minister, raised the issue of eviction Muslims in Darrang district, police resort to violence and the resettlement of those evicted from their houses. The delegation demanded the CM to punish the police personnel involved in the violence during the eviction drive and compensate those killed and injured during the violence. It also urged the CM to stop evictions.
Assuring cooperation, CM Himanta Sarma asked the delegation to visit the site, where displaced families are sheltered, assess the requirements and tell him what immediate measures he could take. Assuring that the government will provide the required support, the Chief Minister urged the JIH and JUH to start the relief work.
The delegation is visiting Assam to assess the situation at ground zero after the alleged forced evacuation and ensuing police firing, causing death of two persons at Dholpur in Darrang district. The delegation held meetings with the Chief Minister, Darrang District Magistrate Ms.Prabhati Thaosen and Darrang SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma to raise the issue.
Earlier, in a meeting with Darrang DM Prabhati Thaosen, the delegation presented a memorandum of demands. The DM expressed her sorrow and pain over the incident and sought the help of the community leaders to diffuse the situation. The delegation demanded adequate compensation be paid to the family members of the deceased, proper medical treatment be given to injured and land be allotted at the earliest to the displaced families. She assured them, “compensation could be given only after proper investigation is done and the persons are found innocent. As far as patients are concerned, we are giving treating them at the Government Hospital. Land allotment would be done only through the proper procedure which will take time. Till this time, they have been given temporary land. Water facilities, toilets and medical assistance have been provided to them as of now.”
The delegate also met Darrang Superintendent of police Mr.Sushanta Sarma. The SP defended that the police resorted to firing in self defense. However, countering the police narrative, the delegation pointed out that there was a disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians and this was unfair and inhuman, whereas much more restraint was required from the police.
The delegation appreciated the sharing of pain and sorrow by the DM but was not satisfied over the SP, condoning the brute use of force. However, the SP assured the delegation that he will do his best in maintaining peace and harmony.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was represented by its Vice President S. Ameenul Hasan and its National Secretary Shafi Madni. President of SIO Mohammed Salman was also part of the delegation.