Silchar, July 1: Karimganj police arrested five persons during a raid last night for their suspected involvement in the attack on legislator Rumi Nath and her husband.
District superintendent of police Pradip Pujari confirmed that five persons were arrested but declined to comment on the identities of those held and the provisions under which they were held.
District magistrate Debeshwar Bhattacharjee clamped Section 144 CrPC in the district for an indefinite period with effect from last night in the wake of the assault.
Nath created a furore after she married Jakir, 29, a junior assistant of the state social welfare department, on April 13 at Baraigram village under Karimganj district, without legal separation from her first husband Rakesh Singh, a medical graduate.
Nath, whose constituency Borkhola falls in Cachar district, had travelled to the hotel, which is 40km from Borkhola, after visiting flood-hit areas.
The couple were preparing to retire for the night after a hectic day of meetings with flood victims in the block when they were attacked in their hotel.
Various organisations and parties have condemned the attack.
Debashish Bhattacharjee, a reader of political science in Assam University, said the shameless attack on a helpless woman is “unpardonable”.
Sources in Karimganj also criticised the delay in apprehending the culprits.
They also alleged a lack of a coordination between the district administration and the police in tackling crime in the district in general.