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Rahul Gandhi condemns eviction drive in Assam

The clashes broke when the security personnel reached the area and thousands of locals gathered and raised slogans against the eviction drive.

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condemned the eviction drive being conducted by the Assam government on Thursday in which two people were killed.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said, “When the poison of hatred is being spread in the country then what kind of Amrit Mahotsav?.

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“What is freedom if it is not for everyone?” he added.

On Thursday, the Assam government has launched an eviction drive at Dholpur in the Darrang district, where an estimated 800 families of Bengali-speaking Muslims were “illegally occupying” about 4,500 bighas of government land.

The clashes broke when the security personnel reached the area and thousands of locals gathered and raised slogans against the eviction drive.

Defending the eviction drive the state Chief Minister Himanta Biswas had said, the eviction drive on Monday passed off peacefully. A lot of families dismantled their houses themselves and moved elsewhere. After a break of two days when the drive was re-launched on Thursday, the others tried to put up a resistance leading to the violence,”.

Recently the state government in its cabinet decision has decided to use this land for community farming.

A judicial probe has been ordered by the Assam government into the incident after reports and videos of police brutality emerged.

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