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Dhubri still under curfew

Dhubri, Sept. 9: The situation is still tense in Dhubri town for the second day today, with the district administration deciding not to relax the indefinite curfew imposed at 7 last evening after a clash left one person dead.

The report of a missing fisherman, Biswanath Das of Goriapatty in ward 11 of Dhubri town, today has created further tension in the area.

According to local residents, two persons — Biswanath Das, 43, and Badal Das, 47 — had gone to Ilsamari char for fishing around 3.30pm yesterday and caught a good quantity of boroli fish.

Badal, who returned from the fishing trip, said a group of around seven persons attacked them and beat them up and took away the catch.

He said he saved his life by jumping into the river and swam to the nearby char.

“I saw the group beating Biswanath with bamboo sticks but I do not know what happened to him. I somehow swam to a nearby char and spent the night there. In the morning, I reached home by another boat,” Badal said.

The FIR against the alleged attackers could not be lodged because nobody could go to the local police station owing to the curfew.

AIUDF legislator from Dhubri, Jahan Uddin, condemned the incident of burglary in the Kali temple and desecration of the idol and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

“I condemn the death of local journalist Rayhanu Naime,” he added. Naime, 28, stabbed to death yesterday and his body recovered from Amco Road near Dhubri TB Hospital.

The legislator also demanded the arrest of the murderers and proper compensation for the next of kin of the victim. He appealed to the people of Dhubri district to maintain peace and harmony.

Naime’ body was handed over to his family members at Newghat and his last rites performed in the afternoon today.

Dhubri district AGP spokesperson Enamul Haque told The Telegraph today that the situation had gone beyond control because of inept handling of previous incidents by the district administration.

“We do not understand how during the period of curfew, a group of burglars could break into the temple, escape with valuables and also damage the idol. This means there was no patrolling by police at night,” he said.

Haque, condemning the incident and the death of the scribe, also demanded the arrest of the culprits and proper compensation to the family members of the victim.