JORHAT, June 10 - In a sign of declining law-and-order situation, two men were reportedly attacked with a knife by a shopkeeper allegedly after an altercation on Saturday night at the busy Old Balibat locality of Jorhat town.
A police source stated that two men of Afghanistan origin � Saifullah Khan and Aslam Khan � at present residing here in rented houses, received injuries on their head (Saifullah) and in a hand of the other following a scuffle between the Khans and Jayanta Medhi, a shopkeeper of the locality.
According to local people of the area, the two Khans along with a few of their friends/associates were chatting beside the street at Old Balibat when at around 9.45 pm, Medhi allegedly arrived at the spot following which an altercation started over some matter and the situation led to a scuffle and subsequent attack by a knife.
The police source said that Saifullah is at present undergoing treatment at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, while Aslam after taking preliminary medication, was released.
The source said that two cases have been registered at the Jorhat Police Station in connection with the incident as both sides filed FIR against each other.
A case No. 1406/19 was registered under Sections 294 (Obscene acts and songs), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 307 (Attempt to murder), 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC following lodging of an FIR by Nabi Khan on behalf of Saifullah and Aslam against Medhi.
The second case registered regarding the same incident (number 1407/19) is under Sections 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 294, and 397 (Robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the IPC after Gurugovinda Madhab Bora lodged an FIR against Saifullah and four others.
The source said that police investigation was under way in the case.