SILCHAR, June 7 - The streets of Silchar and adjacent wore almost a deserted look on Wednesday following the chaos among two communities over an alleged inter-religious marriage and subsequent uproar over social media. Even as there was no official announcement of promulgation of curfew by the district administration, people chose to remain indoors as only scanty vehicles were seen on the streets.
It may be mentioned that the district administration had enforced Section 144 CrPC on Tuesday night to bring the situation under control after auto rickshaws were vandalised and shops and homes were broken.
On the other hand, the Cachar district administration along with police organised a peace meeting with the leading citizens, representatives of political parties of the district to find ways to solve the brewing crisis and restore peace in the society.
�Silchar has always been an abode of peace and a flourishing business city where people are peace loving. A few miscreants with vested interests are trying to spread communal discord among the people which the district administration shall deal with hard hands. We shall leave no stone unturned to restore peace,� the Deputy Commissioner maintained.
In the meeting it was decided that a separate monitoring cell will be formed for monitoring the posts on Social Media, Facebook and Whatsapp in particular. The cell will be supervised by the Deputy Superintendent of Police. Further, committees will be formed to disseminate messages of peace across nook and corners of the district. CCTV cameras will be installed across Silchar city and temples, mosques and churches to monitor foul activities. Moreover, an appeal has been made to the lawyers and legal staff of the courts in Silchar to report to the administration or the police if any application for inter-religious marriage is submitted. A magisterial probe and to arrest the miscreants behind the vandalism and attack on the life and property during the clash on Tuesday night has also been demanded.
Superintendent of Police Rakesh Roushan said that situation across Silchar has been normalised and foul players behind the condemnable incident on Tuesday night at Kalibari chor area will not be spared at any cost.
Interestingly Sonai MLA Aminul Haque Laskar who was attacked by the miscreants during the chaos on Tuesday thanked the district administration and police for taking swift action to restore peace. He mentioned that during the process he was threatened to life. The business fraternity of the city on the other hand has severely condemned the incident.
In another stray incident, six persons have been arrested after an Alto car was torched in broad daylight at Chatla area on Wednesday.