A photographer tramples man shot dead by police in Assam in video
The video of a photographer stomping and attacking the body of a man killed by police in northeast Assam state has gone viral in India, causing excitement and protest.
The video, not independently verified by Al Jazeera, shows a man running with a stick at a group of riot gear and weapons in hand in Sipajhar village, Darrang district, Assam on Thursday.
The photographer identified as Bijoy Bania can also be seen with the police, who immediately opened fire on the attacker.
When he fell to the ground after being shot, almost a dozen police officers continued attacking him with batons.
When the injured man, identified by the police as Moinul Haque, lies on the ground - a red spot on his jacket marks the spot where he was shot - Bania approaches the body and begins to step on it.
A few seconds later, Bania returns to repeat her attack. This time Haque's body appears lifeless.
Towards the end of the 72-second video, Bania is hugged by a civilian at the crime scene.
According to Indian media reports, Bania was arrested on Thursday evening and the state government has launched an investigation into the incident, which killed at least one other person.
Darrang Police Commissioner Susanta Biswa Sarma, who is believed to be the brother of Assam Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, told the Indian Express that the police are doing their thing "in" self-defense.
The violence in Sipajhar took place during a demonstration by Bengali Muslims against a so-called "evacuation operation" ordered by the Assam government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP is accused of exploiting Assam's ethnic and religious divisions to win the elections and of conducting a hate campaign against Muslims, who make up a third of the state's population.
Despite monsoon rains in the region, nearly 800 families were forcibly evicted from their land in Sipajhar and their barracks destroyed by government officials on Monday.
However, local residents told Indian media that they bought the land years ago and appealed the evictions to the local court. The court is still working on the case.
Meanwhile, on Thursday there were protests against violence in Assam, the capital New Delhi and elsewhere.
“Assam is on state-sponsored fire,” tweeted India’s opposition Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi.
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