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Featured Image: Hindu activists burning an auto-rickshaw at Bhowal  Poict in Silchar on Tuesday evening

By A Newsman

Silchar, 6 June: THE administration has imposed prohibitory orders in Silchar and the rest of Cachar district in Barak Valley following stray communal clashes in Silchar town this evening.

According to the deputy commissioner of Cachar, S Viswanathan, the prohibitory orders imposed under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) would be in place for an indefinite period until further order. It bars the public assembly of five or more persons in any parts of the district.

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The move comes after sections of the Hindu and Muslim communities clashed among themselves at Kalibari Char-Janiganj area in Silchar town this evening. The clash started over an inter-religious marriage of a boy and girl from the two communities without the approval of one of the families.

Subsequently, the clashes spread to the adjoining areas such as Tulapatty and Central Road. At Bhowal Point on Central Road, activists of Hindu outfits like Bajrang Dal and Hindu Sena burned two auto-rickshaws and broke a Bolero car thinking that those belonged to Muslims.

In retaliation, Muslims from Chamra Gudam area in the town came out in sizeable numbers and with both the warring groups coming face to face, the situation turned volatile. Since this took place early in the evening, several people out on shopping got trapped.

As many as seven people from both the groups have suffered hospitable injuries, but they are out of danger. Police had to resort to lathi-charge and fire in the air to disperse the mob. Finding it difficult to contain the clash, jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force have been deployed in the troubled and communally festive areas of Silchar.

The situation has calmed down now, but apprehending further trouble, the district administration has imposed prohibitory orders in all over the district.