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Featured Image: CRPF personnel stand guard a closed Fatak Bazar area in Silchar on Wednesday.    

By A Newsman

Silchar, 7 June: A day after stray communal clashes among a tiny section of Hindus and Muslims in Silchar yesterday evening, the town today remained clam amidst a sense of muted tension and widespread rumour mongering.

Fearing more violence, traders at Gopalganj, Janiganj, Fatak Bazar, and Madhurband areas in the town kept their shutters down through the day. Some shops in other parts of the town also chose to stay off business and the number of people and vehicles out the streets were far less than other days.

At Silcoorie, which is about 15 km from Silchar town, miscreants stopped a private car carrying a family from Lala in Hailakandi district to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital for treatment. They forced out a woman and two men who were in the car and then set it on fire.

To evade assault, the two men jumped into a nearby water-body and the woman managed to reach Ghongoor police outpost by taking lift in a passing by motorcycle. Police subsequently rushed to the site, rescued the two men and arrested three persons for being involved in the arson.

A deserted Jainganj area in Silchar on Wednesday
A deserted Jainganj area in Silchar on Wednesday

During the course of the day, the deputy commissioner of Cachar district S Viswanathan chaired an all-party meeting and sought help of all concerned to maintain peace. SP Rakesh Roushan was also present in the meeting and assured that police were on alert to stop any more violence.

Aminul Laskar, a BJP MLA from Sonai Assembly segment on the outskirts of Silchar, today lodged a complaint at Silchar Sadar police station against three Muslim youths for assaulting him and his security guard last night at Chamra Gudam when he had gone there to diffuse tension.

Pranab Pal Choudhury of the Silchar Food Grains Merchants Association told a news conference that taking advantage of the clash last night, miscreants had looted seven shops at Fatak Bazar.

To protest against administration’s alleged failure to curb the violence and the failure to rescue the recently kidnapped child of a teacher of Assam University from the varsity campus, a little known organisation named Common People Forum has called for a 12 hour strike in Barak Valley from 5 am tomorrow.