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Bihu troupe members attacked

Guwahati, May 29: Two members of a Bihu troupe were injured by a youth near Gauhati University in the wee hours today.

The youth, Raju Ali, stopped three SUVs, carrying singer Pronamika Goswami and her co-artistes, near the university and attacked them with a sword. The car in which Goswami was travelling managed to evade the attack but Ali waylaid the occupants of the second car. He attacked the driver, Nakul Rabha, and injured another musician, Homen Bora.

The other members caught Ali and handed him over to the police.

The 15-member troupe was on its way to Guwahati after performing at a Bihu function at Garigaon on the outskirts of the city. The police said the troupe began their performance at 3am and concluded at 4.15am before they set out.

“The youth had watched the group taking money from the organising committee and he had stopped the cars to loot them. But he failed,” a source at Jalukbari police station said.

The police said the youth had misbehaved with the singer and her team during the function.

“He got onto the stage and wanted to dance with her but the volunteers and committee members forced him out. This might have angered him,” the police source said.

Many local artistes condemned the attack and demanded security for troupes performing in Bihu functions.