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    Clash over Ram Temple celebration in Assam’s Sonitpur: Curfew imposed

    The incident occurred when a group of bikers was heading towards a Shiv temple playing loud music and shouting slogans

    Guwahati: Areas under Thelamara and Dhekiajuli Police stations in Sonitpur district of Assam have been put under curfew from 10 PM on Wednesday after a clash between two groups over a rally for Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan

    Police reportedly had to resort to blank fire to disperse an angry mob in Assam’s Sonitpur district on Wednesday after two groups engaged in a clash during a bike rally was organised by a Hindu group to celebrate the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

    Several persons were reportedly injured in a clash. The attackers also allegedly torched several bikes and vehicles durig the violence. A vehicle of a top official of the district administration was also damaged.

    “No one in the area is permitted to step out of their residences in the area without prior permission. The curfew will be effective till further orders,” said Sonitpur district administration in its order.

    The incident occurred when the group of bikers was heading towards a Shiv temple in Bhora Singori under the Thelamara police station area, playing loud music and shouting slogans, police sources said.

    “Villagers objected to the group playing loud music in their area. They also questioned the group for violating the social distancing and no public gathering norms of Covid 19 protocols. This led to arguments, which eventually turned ugly and a clash started,” a senior official said.

    “To control the situation, police were forced to blank fire. Additional forces have been deployed in the area. The situation is under control,” sources added.

    Earlier, state police had sounded an alert in several districts fearing law and order problem during the bhoomi pujan ceremony.

    In the city also, the Kamrup (metro) district administration had banned holding any public function in the line of the Ram Mandir celebration citing Covid situation.

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