Silchar, Aug. 27: Cachar police claim to have identified the kingpin of Sunday night’s disturbance here. Last night, they swooped down on his hideout in an undisclosed location in the district but could not trace him.
Inspector-general of police (law and order) S.N. Singh told The Telegraph that they hoped to arrest the “mastermind very soon”.
The police said the fugitive had “masterminded” the plot of placing an animal carcass in a Kali temple at Rongpur, a riverside locality on the eastern fringe of Silchar, to whip up communal tension.
Singh, however, declined to name the person or say whether he was an activist of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or any other outfit of the Sangh Parivar. The VHP is in the eye of a storm after Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi alleged that its activists were responsible for placing the animal carcass in the temple. Police have arrested seven people from Rongpur on charges of inciting violence in the town.
On Sunday night, thousands pelted stones on the police, which fired teargas canisters to disperse the mob. Seven policemen, including Cachar district superintendent of police Diganta Bora, were injured, police sources said.
They today said the carcass would be sent to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati for examination.
Section 144 CrPC has been clamped in the district, banning assembly of three or more persons in public places, with effect from last night. The law and order situation in the district appeared to have returned to normal today, after two days of apparent lull.
Dispur has ordered a probe into the spurt of violence here, Assam irrigation minister Ardhendu Kumar Dey told this correspondent last night.