Assam: Protests over AIIMS location turns violent, one killed

RAHA: At least one person was killed and over 20 people, including two additional Superintendents of Police, were injured  when police and protesters clashed while demanding a shift of location fro AIIMS from Changsari.

The deceased was declared brought dead by the hospital. The administration is, however, yet to ascertain the exact cause of the protester’s death.

Raha Circle Officer, Pallavi Kachary said the protesters went on a rampage in Nagaon district and vandalised many government vehicles. They also damaged the Circle Office building and other installations.

“In the clash, at least 20 people are injured, although we cannot verify the exact number at this moment,” she said.

Protesters have, however, claimed that more than 50 of them were injured.

Nagaon Superintendent of Police Yshey Tshewang Gyatso said the deceased was injured when he fell down while running and people ran over him and he died later.

Trouble began yesterday morning when about 2,000 people, under the aegis of a newly formed body, blocked NH37 here to press for their demand for setting up of the AIIMS in Raha instead of at Changsari.

“The highway is the only link between Lower and Upper Assam and other NE States. So we had requested them (the protesters) to at least clear the highway so that traffic could move. However, they did not listen and started throwing stones at us,” Gyatso said.

The police, left with no other option but to use force to evict them, resorted to lathicharge, tear-gassing and fired in the air to disperse the crowd, he said.

Gyatso said at least 12 police personnel were injured in stone pelting by protesters. “Our two Additional SPs – Hiranya Kumar Barman and Abdel Quadir Arief – were injured. Thankfully all of us were wearing helmets and so there was no serious injury,” he said.

The agitation left thousands of vehicles stranded on the highway for over four hours. An one-member inquiry commission, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Rajib Bora, has also been ordered to probe the incident.

(Agencies)

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