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Assam: CM Sonowal directs DGP to conduct probe into Sonitpur violence

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Director-General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta to conduct a probe into the Sonitpur violence that took place on August 5th, 2020.

Meanwhile, GP Singh, ADGP (Law and Order), visited the violence site following the Chief Minister’s direction.

The ADGP said that at least 12 people were injured and nine bikes were set ablaze in the incident. “We have registered four cases into the incident and started investigation,” he said.

The Sonitpur deputy commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh imposed curfew in the region with effect from August 5th, 2020 until further order after the clashes erupted between two communities over a rally organised to celebrate the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

Also read: Assam: Curfew imposed in parts of Sonitpur after clashes over Ram Mandir celebration

“Curfew imposed in Sonitpur district in areas falling under Thelamara and Dhekiajuli police stations. Movement of persons without special permission from the district magistrate shall not be permitted with effect from 10 pm of August 5,” Sonitpur deputy commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh tweeted.

The district magistrate imposed the curfew following a violence erupted between two groups leaving several persons injured and motorcycles damaged. The clash erupted after locals of Thelamara, belonging to a particular community, objected a bike rally taken out by Bajrang Dal activists to mark the Ram Temple event. Later, locals set several bikes and a four-wheeler ablaze.

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