Dhubri, Oct. 30: A house at Bahdurtary (Ananda Bazar) here was torched last night though shops, which had remained closed for the past four days, opened during the period of curfew relaxation today.
The house of one Radha Debi at Bahadurtary in ward 11 here was torched late last night with Radha and her daughter’s family of three sleeping inside.
“We woke up when the house caught fire and cried for help. But it was completely reduced to ashes before anybody could do anything,” Radha’s daughter, Kabita Das, said.
She said she and several other persons smelt petrol as the arsonists had probably sprinkled the fuel before setting the house on fire.
People of the locality alleged that since troubled started last week, they had closed the bamboo bridge connecting the locality with other areas. This might have angered the other community and spurred them into torching the house.
Dhubri town sub-inspector Dewan Harmuj Ali said barring the arson, no fresh incident was reported from any part of Dhubri town.
The town is now limping back to normality though tension prevails in some parts of the town.
Shops finally opened and government offices and banks functioned normally during the curfew relaxation period today.
The curfew was re-imposed from 5pm.