Curfew in parts of Assam after clash during rally to celebrate Ram temple foundation

Indefinite curfew has been imposed in parts of Sonitpur district in Assam following a group clash on August 5 during a motorbike rally to celebrate laying of foundation of Ram temple at Ayodhya, with the mob torching vehicles and attacking the cars of the deputy commissioner and other senior officials.

“Curfew imposed in Sonitpur district in areas falling under Thelamara and Dhekiajuli PS,” Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Manavendra Pratap Singh confirmed through Twitter.

He said: “Movement of individuals without special permission from the district magistrate shall not be permitted wef 10 pm of August 5.”

Singh had earlier said a group of people had taken out a spontaneous motorbike rally, chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’, to mark the foundation stone laying of Ram temple by the prime minister at Ayodhya earlier in the day.

However, they engaged in a clash with another group at Gorudua in Thelamara area circle of the district at around 6:30 pm.

The mob set on fire three motorcycles and a passenger carrying commercial vehicle.

The deputy commissioner, DIG (northern range), SP and other senior officials of the district civil and police administration rushed to the spot.

The vehicles of the DC and circle officers of Dhekiajuli and Tezpur were also attacked by the mob, shattering windows of the vehicles and creating dents on the body.

Several people were injured in the clashes and have been rushed to Tezpur Medical College and Hospital in Tezpur.

CRPF personnel have been deputed in the area to assist the local police.

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