SILCHAR, Sept 26 - At least 50 people, including women and a few media persons, were injured today after the police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse BJP members and supporters who were protesting against the detention of six BJP leaders, including the Silchar MLA, outside the Tarapur Police Outpost. The injured are undergoing treatment at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.
Meanwhile, Section 144 of the CrPC has been clamped all over the Cachar district.
Tension prevailed after an incident at a Kali temple in the Meherpur locality here on Friday night. A similar incident was also reported from the Second Link Road.
The police today took six BJP leaders, including Silchar MLA Dilip Paul, under preventive detention when they were protesting against Friday�s incident. Paul, along with the BJP�s Cachar district president Kaushik Rai, BJP�s Cachar Yuba Morcha president Rajesh Kumar Das, Silchar Municipal Board commissioner Dipayan Chakraborty, BJP�s Silchar Mandal committee president Babu Singh and ex-municipal commissioner Gopal Roy, were detained under Section 107 of the CrPC, said Cachar SP Rajveer Singh.
As the day progressed, tension mounted across the town and miscreants torched three autorickshaws on the Central Road, Sonai Road and at Rangirkhari. Following the incidents, security has been tightened here. After the Executive Magistrate passed the release order of the detained BJP leaders, the district BJP condemned the police action.
Meanwhile, the BJP district committee has called a 12-hour Cachar bandh on Monday in protest against the detention of the Silchar MLA and other BJP leaders. They also demanded the transfer of the SP and immediate arrest of the miscreants involved in Friday�s incident.