The presence of some members of an NGO instead of army personnel angered the participants who went on a rampage damaging vehicles and shops. Agitated locals retaliated before the security forces resorted to cane-charge and firing rubber bullets.
“We arrested five members of the NGO while bringing the situation under control. Investigation will reveal what their role in the rally was,” Jorhat superintendent of police Amandeep Kaur said.
Whether the army had entrusted the NGO with conducting the rally was not immediately known.