Guwahati: Curfew has been imposed in Assam’s Hailakandi district following clashes between two communities which left over a dozen people injured.
Reports say the authorities have also sought the help of the Army. The clashes led to one person sustaining bullet injuries. Several cars and bikes were set ablaze and shops were vandalised in the clashes earlier in the day.
A daily quoted Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate) Keerthi Jalli as saying that the prohibitory orders had been enforced as “a strange relation exists between groups which are trying to indulge in violence and create communal violence”.
Paramilitary forces such as CRPF and Assam Rifles have been deployed to the town.
A report said that after Friday prayers, a group of people allegedly attacked shops belonging to people of another community. Both the sides then engaged in stone-pelting which escalated so much that shops were vandalised and vehicles set ablaze.
Locals told a daily that over a dozen people were injured and several vehicles torched.
Reports suggest that what led to Friday’s clash was a recent incident wherein some two-wheelers parked outside a mosque were allegedly damaged. The mosque-goers filed an FIR and had reportedly told the police that they would offer Friday prayers on the road if culprits weren’t caught.
A daily quoted Assam minister Parimal Suklabaidya as saying, “Some people were injured in stone-pelting while some shops were vandalised and vehicles torched… additional forces are being rushed to Hailakandi from neighbouring districts.”
The Minister has also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.