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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hailakandi tense, MLA Siddique detained

SILCHAR, Nov 1: Firing by CRFP marred the Ainakhal rally in Hailakandi, called by the Progressive Students’ Youth Forum (PSFY). The CRPF had to fire at least 20 rounds to disperse the mob led by former AGP minister Sahidul Alom Choudhury.

South Karimganj MLA Siddique Ahmed and Karimganj Zila Parishad Chairman Mantaj Ali, along with thousands of supporters, were detained on their way to the rally for at least three hours at Dholeswari crossing in Hailakandi. This resulted in a long road blockade on the national highway when the DIG (Southern Range) was trying to pacify the mob.

Meanwhile, one Saddam Hussain Laskar of the Lakshminagar area in Hailakandi sustained bullet injury on his chest during the firing by the CRPF. He was immediately admitted to the Silchar Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. Apart from Saddam, three other persons also sustained injuries in the CRPF firing and lathi-charge. Two of the injured have been identified as Nijumuddin and Tabal Hussain. They have been admitted to the Hailakandi Civil Hospital.

The PSFY has called a 12-hour Hailakandi bandh tomorrow demanding immediate transfer of Deputy Commissioner Tapan Chandra Goswami and SP Vivekananda Das. It was also reported that Mantaj Ali had indicated that they would also call a Karimganj bandh on Monday in protest against police atrocities.

Today’s rally was convened by the PSFY at Ainakhal, 15 km from Hailakandi town, in protest against the alleged corruption in various government schemes meant for the poor. Sources said the rally assumes political significance as the organizers planned to felicitate Siddique Ahmed, Mantaj Ali, Sahidul Alom and an AUDF leader, all known rivals of Excise Minister Gautam Roy. Sensation prevailed once the Hailakandi district administration clamped 144 CrPC sniffing a communal flare-up in and after the rally.

Some organizations, allegedly instigated by Roy, tried to hold a kirtan at the proposed site for the rally. In this backdrop, the district administration represented by AWC Debashish Chokraborty, DSP Dilip Saha and CI SK Das visited Ainakhal and ordered the PSFY not to hold the rally. In the meantime, Sahidul arrived in the place. Soon the news spread like a wildfire that Sahidul Alom led a huge rally towards Hailakandi. When the processionists reached Gudamghat, CRPF jawans tried to resist them. The mob then started pelting stones at the CRPF forcing the jawans to start firing. Saddum Hussain (15) sustained bullet injury in his chest. THE SENTINEL

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