Ashes of burnt Islamic holy books lying on the floor of Kalapani Masjid in Assam’s Baksa district Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohillary on Tuesday termed the shocking incident of burning Islamic religious books inside a mosque in Assam’s Baksa district as a politically-motivated action of some parties to viciously trigger communal tension in Bodoland ahead of the scheduled BTC elections.

As per sources, unidentified miscreants allegedly burnt nearly 11 copies of the holy “Quran Sharif” and three copies of “Hadith Sharif” along with few other religious articles of Kalapani Masjid in Salbari subdivision of Assam’s Baksa district in the intervening night of March 1 and 2.

The incident came to light only after the mosque’s cleric early on Monday morning found the ashes of religious books lying on the floor of the prayer hall.

Speaking to media persons in Kokrajhar on Tuesday, Mohilary condemned the vicious incident and informed that some parties are trying to trigger communal riot in BTC region ahead of elections for political benefits.

“There is a vicious circle who is indulging in all these unlawful activities to disrupt the communal harmony in BTC ahead council polls and the same circle seems to be involved in the killing of our Bodo People’s Front party worker Khairul Haque,” Mohillary alleged.

Mohially further informed that he will meet chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday afternoon demanding a CBI or judicial inquiry in both the incidents.

Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the incident, the Muslim community including men and women under the leadership of All BTC Minorities Students’ Union (ABMSU) on Tuesday blocked the main road connecting Manas National Park and protested by burning tyres on the road. The protesters demanded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government to carry out a strict inquiry into the incident and immediately arrest the culprits within 24 hours.

Condemning the incident, ABMSU general secretary Taison Hussain urged the district administration to investigate the incident and arrest the culprits within 24 hours, failing which they threatened to carry out a democratic protest at different localities of the district.

“This is not the first incident, earlier too, there were instances in which pork was thrown at the roof of Kalapani Masjid,” Hussain added.

Meanwhile, Kalpani Masjid committee has lodged a complaint at the Gobardhan police station and the incident is being investigated by a special police team of Baksa district led by superintendent of police Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar.

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