Assam: Govt demolishes house of Muslim man day after killed in police custody

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The Nagaon administration in Assam on Sunday demolished the homes of Muslims who had set the Batadraba Police Station in the district on fire a day earlier over a case of custodial death of fish trader, Safikul Islam.

The district administration has also demolished Islam’s home.

Residents of the Salnabari area said the district administration along with the police razed around seven structures, Northeast Now reported.

They said that authorities did not issue any notice and people were stopped from entering the area during the demolition drive.

Islam was detained by the Assam Police late on Friday evening when he was going to board a bus for Sivsagar.

Islam family’s told The Hindu that the police had demanded Rs 10,000 and a duck as a bribe to release him. “We could only afford a duck, so they [police] beat him to death,” Islam’s wife said.

Islam’s wife was told that her husband had been taken to Nagaon Civil Hospital, where she found him dead.

According to news agency PTI, following the news of the custodial killing of Islam, residents attacked the police station and assaulted on-duty police personnel before setting it on fire. Two police personnel were injured.