Several gaon panchayat offices torched, and BJP GP office holders tendered resignation in Tinsukia district; Dibrugarh SP transferred; army considering to move in more troops
Tinsukia: The district administration placed Tinsukia under curfew, starting from 5 pm on Thursday to 5 am on Friday, after reports of sporadic violence emerged from Panitola in the district.
However, hundreds of protestors defied curfew and gathered at Thana Charali in the town. Protestors shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and burnt tyres in the presence of security personnel deployed there.
In Tinsukia, three more goan panchayat offices have been torched by angry protestors. These include - Laipuli GP, Boruahola GP and Dimolguri GP.
Sources said several BJP GP president have already tendered resignation. "Borguri GP president Dharmajyoti Borpatrogohain, Panitola GP president Dhiraj Baruah, Laipuli GP president Bichitra Chetia and Laipuli GP vice-president Gobind Nayak and all members resigned today from BJP membership."
According to a highly placed source, the army is considering to bring in more troops to Assam for deployment.
This development comes after security forces failed to stop series of violence in which public property like railway stations, post offices, Goan panchayat offices have been torched.
"None of the agencies made such massive damage assessment in the preparation stage before the Bill was placed in Parliament," a source in security establishment said, adding, since several CRPF companies were sent to Jammu & Kashmir due to abrogation of Article 370, a vacuum had been created back here in Assam.
In neighbouring Dibrugarh district, protestors set ablaze the residence of BJP MLA from Chabua Binod Hazarika. "An office in his residence has been reduced to ashes," sources claimed, adding, that the gathering went ahead and pelted stone on chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s ancestral home in Molokgaon, which is nearby.
Unverified reports suggest that miscreants have broken gates of a bank at Chabua after breaking into post office and putting it on fire. Latest reports suggest that the bank has also been set on fire.
A source in Intelligence agency confirms that United Bank of India has been set on fire in Chabua.
Attempts of speak to deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh Pallav Gopal Jha turned futile.
In the meantime, reports suggests that superintendent of Dibrugarh police Gautam Bora has been transferred. He will be replaced by IPS officer Sreejith T, presently posted as SP Dima Hasao.
The situation remains tensed, with Chabua and Panitola being the most affected areas.
Army and Assam Rifles columns have been employed on requisition from the Civilian Administration for maintaining law and order situation in areas of Guwahati, Morigaon and Tezpur wherein a column each of 17 and 20 AR are employed to undertake flag marches and stabilise the situation, according to a statement by defence PRO.