Taranga Barta, Hailakandi:— The curfew continued and mobile internet services remained suspended in Hailakandi town on Saturday, following Friday’s clashes between two groups that claimed one life and left several others injured.
The police said the situation was under control, but curfew continued to prevent fresh violence. Mobile internet services have been suspended to check spread of rumours and hate messages over social media.
Several people, including security personnel, were injured in clashes over offering of Friday ‘namaz’ outside a mosque. One of the injured succumbed to death at Silchar Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. He has been identified by officials as Jashim Uddin, 28.
Assam Environment and Forests Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya visited the violence-hit town and met the family members of the deceased. The state government has announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of the deceased.
Stating that an inquiry has been ordered, Shuklabaidya told reporters on Saturday, “The incident was triggered by a minor altercation. We suspect there might be a conspiracy behind the incident.”
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwala has also been sent to the district to monitor the situation.
“Steps have been taken to prevent escalation of violence. Additional forces from Assam Rifles have been rushed in from Manipur and Mizoram and deployed in the violence-hit areas,” said a senior Assam Police officer.
The problem started on Wednesday afternoon when bikes parked in front of a mosque were damaged by unidentified miscreants when people were offering namaz. Muslims filed an FIR seeking action against the miscreants and in protest against the attack, they announced to hold Friday prayer on the road. Fresh clash started when people assembled at the Marwari Patty area on Friday afternoon to offer their prayers on the road adjacent to Mosque. A group of unidentified miscreants started pelting stones at them, and injured more than a dozen people.