Silchar, Nov. 26: The Bhanga-Badarpur enclave, about 15km from the Karimganj district headquarters of Karimganj town, is slowly limping back to normalcy.
The curfew, imposed last evening to contain the violence in the troubled areas over the past two days, was relaxed for 12 hours today as there were no fresh disturbances reported anywhere since last night.
The three villages affected by the violence were Bhanga, Malua and Manasangan, on National Highway 44.
The violence was apparently sparked by a frenzied mob, protesting against the abduction and subsequent killing of Ahrar Ahmed, a 19-year-old BSc student of Karimganj College, on November 19 from Bhanga village on the India-Bangladesh border.
Ahrar was the son of Tofail Ahmed, a businessman of Bhanga and a local leader of the AIUDF.
Nearly 41 Assam-type houses, including residential buildings, eateries and shops, were destroyed by the mob.
The youth’s funeral and janaza was performed at 10.30am today in the sub-registrar’s field at Bhanga, a prosperous agrarian village on NH 44.
After the curfew was relaxed around 6am, nearly 6,000 persons assembled on the field for a collective prayer.
Karimganj deputy commissioner Jiten Borgiari said the authorities were closely monitoring the situation in the district and the curfew might be lifted tomorrow if there were no new incidents.
Police sources identified two goons, Selim Uddin and Abdul Karim, in the Bhanga area as the masterminds of the kidnapping and murder of Ahrar.