Beastly Muslim mob involved in clashes in Assam, five dead
Posted by jagoindia on May 31, 2009
Samudra Gupta Kashyap May 30, 2009
Guwahati: Tension continued to prevail in the Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar district in western Assam following the death of five persons, four of them in communal clashes since Wednesday evening.
Trouble triggered off in Hauriyapet village in the subdivision when two persons, Shankar Das and Pradyut Das, were hacked to death on Wednesday in connection with the death of one Shahina Khatun earlier in the month of April. An irate mob later tried to to attack the police when Kokrajhar SP P K Dutta arrived at the village, compelling the police to open fire. One person, later identified as Aminur Rahman (22) was killed in the police firing.
Even as tension spread to the entire sub-division where Muslims of migrant origin have reportedly increased rather rapidly in the past two decades, two rickshaw-pullers, Momir Ali and Khalilur Rahman, were killed when miscreants attacked them with sharp weapons in Gossaigaon on Thursday.
Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner K Narzary, meanwhile, said the situation was tense but under control on Friday due to heavy deployment of security forces. Normal life was paralysed in the district due to a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the Bengali Youth Federation (BYF) demanding a judicial probe into the incident.
Educational institutions, shops and banks remained close while vehicular traffic remained off the roads, Narzary said. Attendance in government offices was also almost nil. Hundreds of truck carrying essential items to different Northeastern states were stranded at the Srirampur inter-state gate due to the bandh on Friday.
“There is tension in Gossaigaon, but the situation is under control. A few persons have been already arrested by the police, and at least one of them in connection with the incidents,” Narzary said.
Hariyapet village has been witnessing tension for the past couple of years over an alleged dispute of boundary between a temple and a mosque. There is also a pending land dispute between the two communities over establishment of an idgah maidan and a cremation ground for the past few months.
State Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the area and met family members of the deceased. She also met leaders of both the communities and asked them to live in peace and harmony. Gossaigaon incidentally shares borders with West Bengal and is close to the Indo-Bangladesh border.