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Assam: Silchar tense after objectional items found in places of worship

Digambar Patowary/ HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Guwahati, August 26, 2013
First Published: 18:56 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:18 IST(26/8/2013)

Silchar town in Cachar district of Barak valley in Assam has been tense since Sunday evening after unidentified miscreants placed some objectional items at places of worship at Rongpur area in midst of  the town. The district administration put Army on alert after situation deteriorated.

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The item had been kept by unidentified miscreants at the places of worship in Rongpur area in the town in a bid to disrupt communal harmony. As the news spread, local people gathered at the spot.

Police arrived at the spot to control the situation, public beaten up a police official and also targeted Diganta Bora, SP of Cachar district. Police first lathicharged to disperse the agitated crowd and later fired several rounds in the air to control the situation.

Thirty people including six policemen were injured in the clash. The agitated crowd set ablaze two police vehicles. Later, additional forces were deployed in sensitive areas in the town and section 144 was also promulgated. 
 
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday in Guwahati blamed the Vishwa Hindu Parisad (VHP) for the recent communal tension in Silchar, the main town in southern Assam.

“VHP has been trying to create communal disturbance in Assam. Not only in Silchar, at many places in the state, the saffron brigade is active to trigger communal tension”, said Gogoi.

Gogoi said that BJP in Assam has realized that the saffron party would face defeat in the coming Lok Sabha election and to create favourable situation for the party, other members of saffron brigade jumped into create communal tension.

“In Ayodhya, VHP suddenly take decision to carryout a yatra for Ram temple. This is for creating communal disturbance. Similarly, VHP is trying to create communal tension everywhere in the country before the Lok Sabha poll”, added Gogoi.

The chief minister warned all communal forces active in the state: “We deal very firmly with all communal forces active in the state”. 

All the three Barak valley districts of Cachar , Hailakandi and Karimganj are regarded as communally sensitive district. The valley witnessed some major communal violence in the nineties particularly after the Babri mosque demolition. Both BJP and Congress are equally strong in Barak valley in the state.

Meanwhile, VHP condemned chief minister Gogoi’s allegation to it on Silchar incident. VHP’s NE region secretary Abhijit Deka alleged that Gogoi has lost mental balance and no more suited to continue as chief minister of the state.

In protest against Ayodhya VHP leaders’ arrest, members of saffron parivar had taken out a protest march in the city on Monday.


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