Four student activists killed in police firing in Assam

At least four students were killed and 50 injured when police opened fire on rampaging protesters who tried to stop updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam`s Barpeta town today.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2010, 00:47 AM IST

Guwahati: At least four students were
killed and 50 injured when police opened fire on rampaging
protesters who tried to stop updating of the National Register
of Citizens in Assam`s Barpeta town today.

Trouble erupted when a group of All Assam Minority
Students Union (AAMSU) activists pelted stones and set ablaze
a building in the premises of the deputy commissioner`s office
in a bid to stop updating of NRC work in progress there.

Police opened fire when they failed to disperse
them using teargas shells, Barpeta SP Debojyoti Mukherjee told
PTI.

He said three students died on the spot, while another
succumbed to injuries at the Guwahati Medical College
Hospital.

The students thereafter went berserk and tried to
attack shops and business establishments but police brought
the situation under control, he said.

The injured were admitted to the Barpeta Civil
Hospital and those with serious injuries to the Guwahati
Medical College Hospital.

The NRC is being updated to identify and enlist Indian
citizens in the state. In March, the Assam Assembly passed a
resolution urging the Centre to update the NRC of 1951 by
taking 1971 electoral roll as the basis.

- PTI