Assam: Addl. CS conducts inquiry into Hailakandi clashes

Addl CS, Rajiv Kumar Bora, heard witnesses on Monday during the probe of the group clashes and vandalism that occurred on May 10 this year  in Hailakandi town.


Additional Chief Secretary, Rajiv Kumar Bora, the single member of the Commission of Inquiry, constituted by Assam Government to probe the causes for law and order disturbances following the group clashes and vandalism that occurred on May 10 this year heard witnesses in Hailakandi town on Monday.

The one-man Inquiry Commission conducted the public hearing at the Circuit House here since morning in which individuals, eye witnesses, groups, organisations and associations deposed before it.

Group clashes and vandalism took place in Hailakandi town on the first Friday prayers of Ramadan that witnessed torching of houses and vehicles. Police had to resort to firing to stop the rampaging mob in which one person died and several sustained injuries. Curfew was clamped for several days together in Hailakandi town and subsequently extended to the entire district to bring the situation under control.

The district administration organised meetings with leading citizens, media persons, political representatives and organisations and brought out rallies appealing for peace and communal harmony.

In the aftermath of the clashes and vandalism, various civil society groups appealed to the government to conduct inquiry into it.

Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary, Bora inspected the sites in Hailakandi town where violence erupted. Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli,  Superintendent of Police, Mohneesh Mishra and other officials accompanied the Additional Chief Secretary.

A total of 131 affidavits have been filed before the Commission by individuals and organisations, which included the Nagorik Adhikar Suroksha Somity, the Hailakandi Merchants’ Association,  Ramkrishna Seva Samiti, District Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat and Udaan.

Hearing has been going on till the filing of this report.


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