aljazeera.com
News|Police
Indian photographer in video stomps on man shot by Assam police
Muslims protesting against government’s forced displacement fired at by policemen, killing at least two and wounding many.
Assam police said they 'did what they had to do' in 'self-defence' [File: EPA]
24 Sep 2021
A video of a photographer stomping and attacking the body of a man shot by the police in the northeastern state of Assam has gone viral in India, triggering uproar and protests.
In the video, which has not been independently verified by Al Jazeera, a man is seen running with a stick towards a group of policemen in riot gear, holding firearms, in Sipajhar village in Assam’s Darrang district on Thursday.
The photographer, identified as Bijoy Bania, is also seen with the policemen, who immediately open fire on the charging man.
As soon as he falls to the ground after being shot, nearly a dozen policemen continue to attack him with batons.
As the wounded man, identified by the police as Moinul Haque, lies on the ground – a red stain on his vest marking the area where he was shot – Bania approaches the body and begins to stomp on it.
The photographer, his face covered and a camera slung around his neck, also punches and kicks the body before he is taken away by the policemen.
Seconds later, Bania returns to repeat his attack. This time, Haque’s body appears to be lifeless.
Towards the end of the 72-second video, Bania is seen being hugged by a person in civilian clothes present at the spot.
Indian media reports said Bania was arrested late on Thursday and a judicial inquiry into the incident, in which at least one more person died, has been ordered by the state government.
Darrang Superintendent of Police Susanta Biswa Sarma, who, according to media reports, is the brother of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, told The Indian Express newspaper that police “did what they had to do” in “self-defence”.


The violence in Sipajhar took place during a protest by Bengali-origin Muslims against a so-called “eviction drive” ordered by the Assam government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP has been accused of exploiting the ethnic and religious fault lines in Assam for electoral gains, and running a hate campaign against Muslims, who account for a third of the state’s population.
On Monday, nearly 800 families were forcefully displacement from their lands and their shanties destroyed by the government officials in Sipajhar, despite monsoon rains in the region.
Residents, however, told Indian media they had bought the land years ago and had approached the local court against the displacement drive. The court is still hearing the matter.
Meanwhile, protests have been called in Assam, national capital New Delhi and other places over Thursday’s violence.
“Assam is on state-sponsored fire,” tweeted India’s opposition Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA
RELATED
Indian Americans protest outside White House over Modi’s visit
Protesters call on Biden administration to hold Indian leader accountable for rights violations and religious freedom.
24 Sep 2021
‘Outsider narrative’: Muslims in India’s Bihar fear Assam repeat
High court asks state government if it has plans to build detention centre and a mechanism to report ‘illegal migrants’.
21 Sep 2021
Indian farmers remain defiant, a year after ‘black laws’ passed
Al Jazeera visits Singhu outside New Delhi to meet the farmers who refuse to call off their nearly 10-month-old protest.
20 Sep 2021
MORE FROM NEWS
US reaches $88m settlement for Black victims of white supremacist
Argentina’s Macri testifies in court on espionage charges
Oil giants urged to cut off funds to climate-change denial groups
UN calls on Sudan’s military to restore transitional government
MOST READ
Sudan army sacks six envoys as coup condemnation grows
Ethiopia air raid on Tigray kills 10, including children
India tests nuclear-capable missile amid tensions with China
Why some Korean women are boycotting Squid Game
Follow Al Jazeera English:
© 2021 Al Jazeera Media Network