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Morigaon tense over buffalo fight ban

By Staff Reporter

MORIGAON, Jan 16 � Tension prevails�here following the ban on buffalo fight, a tradition on the occasion of Magh Bihu�by the�peasantry�class of central Assam,�particularly in Morigaon district.

Trouble�started today when some groups of�buffalo keepers assembled�at Ahotguri in Morigaon, which hosts the annual buffalo fight on the first day of Magh. Violating the Supreme Court directive banning organised animal fight, they prepared for the buffalo fight which was prevented by the police and the Morigaon district administration.

Thus angered, the irate mob went on a rampage blocking the National Highway 37 and the railway track and disrupting communication between Lower and Upper Assam for three hours from 11 am today.

The Deputy Commissioner of Morigaon, Rakesh Kumar rushed to the spot and managed to calm the agitated people. Around 2 pm, the highway and the railway tracks were cleared.

Later, the people�held�the buffalo fight�from 2.30 pm onwards at the Ahotguri field.

Conscious people today condemned some private TV Channels for telecasting live the incidents from Ahotguri, showing some persons uttering slang and obscene words against the Chief Minister. The Morigaon DC said a case has been registered against the persons and legal action would be taken on them.

At another place at Baidyabori, too, thousands of people organised a buffalo fight, defying the apex court�s ban. They said the Supreme Court verdict hurt the people because the traditional buffalo fight�is an inseparable�part of the Assamese Magh Bihu celebration.

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