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Violent protest in Assam’s Nagaon after youth dies due to alleged police thrashing

After a young man died allegedly due to police thrashing, the locals in Rupahihat area of Assam’s Nagaon district staged a protest that turned violent.

After a young man died allegedly due to police thrashing, the locals in Rupahihat area of Assam’s Nagaon district staged a protest that turned violent.

After a young man died allegedly due to police thrashing, the locals in Assam’s Nagaon district staged a protest that turned violent.

Tension prevailed in central Assam’s Nagaon district after the locals of Rupahihat area staged a protest against the police on Wednesday following the death of a young man allegedly due to police thrashing during the Covid-19 curfew.

Carrying the body of the deceased youth, the residents protested in front of the police station and also pelted stones. Some police vehicles were partially damaged in the attack.

The youth has been identified as Shoaib Akhtar of Gereki village, which comes under Rupahihat police station limits.

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According to the locals, some youngsters were playing cricket during the Covid-19 restrictions. The police saw them and beat them brutally. Akhtar sustained head injuries and passed away, they said.

However, the superintendent of police in Nagaon district Anand Mishra had a different version. He said the police were informed of illegal betting going on during the Covid-19 curfew. When a police team went to investigate, the youngsters ran away.

“We have taken the incident very seriously. A probe will be initiated. Everything will become clear during investigation,” Mishra said.

The local villagers have demanded a high-level probe into the incident.

Last week, the Assam government extended the lockdown till June 15 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. The curfew is in place between 1 pm and 5 am every day.

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