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2 civilians killed in police firing in Kaziranga eviction

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Two civilians were killed and five others injured in police open firing in Banderdubi and Deochurchang areas of Nagaon district neat Kaziranga National Park in an eviction drive carried out by Assam government.

The police opened fire on protesters who were demanding compensation before they move out from areas. The authorities have pressed elephants, excavators and rollers into service to demolish the houses. As many as 190 families are being evicted from Banderdubi, 160 families are being evicted from Deochurchang.

When eviction began on Monday morning the situation turned tense with protestors resorting to stone pelting. The residents of the area refused to move out until they were paid adequate compensation.

After the situation turned violent Heavy security arrangements were made with the security forces resorting to lathicharge and tear gas shelling.

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