New Delhi: An eviction drive near the 430 sq km Kaziranga National Park on Monday morning turned volatile when two people, including a woman, were killed after police firing to drive out the illegal settlers in the region.
The eviction drive was carried out after an October order by the Gauhati High Court where it announced that three villages – Bandardubi, Deosursang and Palkhowa –were to face eviction. The area falls under Nagaon district.
Before the eviction drive took place, seven Assamese families shifted from the area while others in the area tried to prevent the officials from encroaching on the land. District officials in Kaziranga said that more than 1.000 security personnel were sent to Bandardubi and other places to carry out the orders.
The eviction drive was initially planned for Wednesday, but due to the unrest which was being generated, the drive was pre-poned to Monday.
When the situation turned violent during the drive, police fired tear gas into the crowd, following which, two people fell into a body of water and died. Dozens were reportedly injured in the fiasco.
The eviction drive is allegedly aimed at clearing encroachments on the wildlife reserves of Kaziranga National Park and driving out the illegal Bangladeshi settlers in the region.