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The deceased, Rajkumar Gaur, was residing at Khandikar locality, a Muslim-dominated area, of Rangiya in Kamrup district of Assam
The deceased, Rajkumar Gaur, was residing at Khandikar locality, a Muslim-dominated area, of Rangiya in Kamrup district of Assam|EastMojo image 
ASSAM

Unity in adversity: Muslims hold last rites of Hindu man in Assam

Locals of Rangiya in Kamrup district come out to bid adieu to daily-wage worker living alone in area after he was abandoned by family members several years ago

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: At a time when most people get divided along religious lines, a section of Muslim villagers residing at Khandikar locality of Rangiya in Assam’s Kamrup district displayed a true sense of unity and brotherhood after they came came forward to hold the last rites of a Hindu man living in the area for years.

The deceased, Rajkumar Gaur, was residing at the residence of a local, Saddam Hussain, after he got separated from his family and relatives a few years ago.

As per sources, the daily-wage worker was forced to move out of his own house after three of his daughters got married and two of his sons refused to take care of their old father after they got 'settled’.

Because of his age and illness, Gaur was unable to earn a decent livelihood but got much support from villagers of this Muslim-dominated village.

After his demise, locals in the village decided to help in the cremation as per Hindu traditions. The villagers called a priest from a nearby village and arranged all items required for the ceremony and finally bid adieu to the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the members of the All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) also helped the villagers in conducting the rituals.

Speaking to the media, ABMSU leader Nazrul Islam appealed people to avoid religious discrimination and work together for peace and harmony.

“Assamese people are not divided and have never supported discrimination on basis of religions. So, I would like to appeal everyone to work for peace and harmony in society,” Islam added.