Two killed, 60 hurt in farmers and police clash

Two persons were killed and over 60 injured in a clash between farmers protesting eviction of encroachers and police here today, after which authorities issued shoot-at-sight order to quell violence.

Updated: Jun 22, 2011, 19:32 PM IST

Guwahati: Two persons, including a
9-year-old boy, were killed and over 60 injured in a clash
between farmers protesting eviction of encroachers and police
here today, after which authorities issued shoot-at-sight
order to quell violence.

The boy and a man, both unidentified, were declared
brought dead at two private hospitals, hospital sources said.

Over 10,000 Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)
activists, led by its Secretary Akhil Gogoi, gathered at
Dispur Last Gate to protest eviction of encroachers but after
a meeting marched towards the state secretariat and tried to
forcibly enter the high security zone, Guwahati Senior
Superintendent of Police Deepak Chouwdhury said.

When the police prevented the mob from entering the
secretariat the protestors turned violent attacked the police,
pelted stones and torched parked cars, he said.

The police fired in the air after a lathicharge failed to
disperse the mob, Chowdhury said.

A number of policemen were injured in the mob violence,
he said.

The mob subsequently headed for Guwahati-Shillong Road
from Dispur area continuing to burn private and government
vehicles and pelting stones, he said.

Police reinforcements were rushed to the area with orders
to shoot at anybody indulging in violence.

PTI