Tinsukia: A major fire broke out at a business establishment in Assam’s Tinsukia town on Sunday evening, reducing the furniture shop to ashes, minutes after a torch procession protesting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) crossed the area.
There were around three separate torch processions taken out by protesters demanding scrapping of the contentious legislation.
According to the allegations levelled by one of the employee of the shop, a couple of miscreants in a torch rally entered the shop and asked us to close the shop. “They were furious because the shop was open,” he said.
In a statement given before the media, he said, “Thousands protestors were crossing. They shouted at us to close the shop. As we were closing the shop someone threw a stone and a fireball.”
Refuting the allegations, All Tai Ahom Students’ Union joint general secretary (central committee) Milan Buragohain said, “The rally taken out by us was completely peaceful without creating any law and order situation.”
“I want to clarify that we have no role with the alleged fire incident and rumours are being spread to scuttle our protest. The fire incident took an hour after our protest was over and administration and police officials are witness to it,” Buragohain said, adding, “We will not accept CAB at any cost. Our protest will grow louder from here.”
In the meantime, the district magistrate has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting use of torch lights such as ‘mashals’ with fire using inflammable substances, etc, during any rally and possession in the district.
Speaking with EastMojo, additional deputy commissioner Gurneil Singh said that multiple versions are coming to the forefront regarding the fire incident. “The district administration has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the cause of fire.”
Over a dozen fire brigades struggled for several hours to douse the fire.
On Sunday evening, there was huge turnout of protestors at Thana Charali raising slogans against the BJP and RSS. The protestors demanded scrapping of CAB.
Attempts to speak with the Tinsukia SP turned futile.