TANGLA: BTC supremo Hagrama Mohilary smells a ‘political conspiracy’ in the incident related to the burning of Islamic religious literature in Baksa district. Terming it as ‘unfortunate’, he said that a vicious circle with nefarious design was trying to disturb the communal harmony in the Bodo belt ahead of the BTC polls scheduled to be held in April.
“I will personally talk to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for initiating high-level inquiry into the incident and arrest of the culprits involved,” Mohilary added.
Simmering tension prevailed in Baksa following the incident where unidentified miscreants burnt Islamic religious literature, including 11 copies of the Quran and three copies of Hadith (record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) and some other religious articles at Kalapani Masjid in Salbari subdivision under Gobardhan PS in Baksa district on Sunday midnight.
The incident happened on the intervening night of March 1 when the masjid’s cleric found the ashes of the religious literature inside the masjid on Monday morning and he immediately informed the masjid management committee and the police.
The masjid committee also lodged an FIR narrating the incident and later Baksa police, supervised by Superintendent of Police Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar reached the spot, pacified the gathering and started investigating the matter.
Following the incident of tearing off and subsequent burning of religious books, hundreds of Muslims, including women, took to the streets to vent their anger against the BJP government and raised anti-government slogans demanding immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for burning of 14 religious books. The Muslim community of the area have demanded high-level probe into the incident and stern action against the culprits.
All BTC Minorities Students’ Union (ABMSU) general secretary Taison Hussain said, “We condemn the incident in strong words and appeal to everyone in the society to maintain peace. By attacking temples and mosques peace and prosperity can never prevail in the nation and the idea of Akhand Bharat (undivided India) can never be reached.”
Baksa Superintendent of Police Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar told The Sentinel, “We are investigating the matter and the situation is under control. People of the area are co-operative and we will soon make a breakthrough.”
Sources said that police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in the area as a precautionary measure to ensure law-and-order situation and no untoward incident was reported till the filing of the report on Monday evening.