Dibrugarh district administration imposes indefinite curfew; Panitola, Chabua railway stations burnt; 4 shops gutted; traffic booth, gaon panchayat office vandalised
Tinsukia: Upper Assam remained on the edge even on Thursday morning after a series of violent incidents were reported over the night, prompting the Dibrugarh district administration to impose indefinite curfew in the region.
Reports of violence started emerging ever since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Miscreants burned down Panitola and Chabua railway stations under Tinsukia division. "In Dibrugarh, miscreants attacked the residence of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP MLA Prashant Phukan and torched the RSS office, prompting security forces to open fire. Around 11.20 pm, the Dibrugarh district administration announced curfew," said sources.
It is not clear whether the security forces fired rubber pellets.
In Tinsukia district, besides Panitola railway station, miscreants torched the Gaon panchayat office, Panitola post office, vandalised NRC Kendra and Panitola railway crossing. "One arm of the crossing has been bent and put on road blocking National Highway 37 between Chabua and Tinsukia," the sources added.
According to sources, four shops belonging to Subir Mazumdar, Sajjal Das, Roopak Mahajan and Sapan Deb were torched between 12.30 to 2.00 in the night. "RPF informed us about the fire. After we came fire tenders reached. A dead body of an elderly person was recovered after the fire was doused," Subir Mazumdar said.
Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia SP Shiladitya Chetia said that prima facie it doesn't seem to be an act of miscreants. The police are investigating the matter.
The deceased has been identified as Narayan Khariah.
Miscreants also vandalised a traffic booth in the heart of Tinsukia town on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
In another incident, Duliajan police station officer-in-charge Bijoy Dutta sustained bullet injuries on his shoulder along with one CRPF constable being hit by bullet. The two were evacuated by army and taken to Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh. "The incident took place following a clash between security forces and protestors. The protestors torched down a temporary room at BJP MP Rameshwar Teli's residence," sources said.
Although there were no planned protests on Thursday, a massive rally has been taken out in Tinsukia town at the time of filing this news report.
According to unverified reports received just now, miscreants have vandalised Dikom railway station and post office in Dibrugarh district.
Also, there is a report of an ambulance being burnt by miscreants in Panitola area of Tinsukia district on Thursday afternoon.