GUWAHATI, Oct 14 - The people of the greater Kumarpara area of the city with their prompt actions today diffused the tension that resulted from an ill-conceived appeal made by three persons in the name of the Kumarpara Muslim Jamat to the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro, pleading for a prohibitory order against Puja idol immersion processions on the Faiz Ahmed Road.
One Abdul Matlib, along with two others, had made the appeal in the name of the Kumarpara Muslim Jamat a few days back. Matlib is the secretary of the Kumarpara Jamat. But he had not consulted the other members of the Jamat except two of his close associates, while making the appeal to the DC.
When this came to light today, the members of the Kumarpara Muslim Jamat and Kumarpara Masjid Committee convened a public meeting at the Kumarpara Community Hall around 11 am today. Representatives of the three Masjid Jamats of Machkhowa, Guwahati Idgah Committee, Machkhowa Samaj Kalyan Parishad, the Masjid Committees of Santipur and Lakhtokia No. 2 Masjid, Nayantara Club Puja Committee, Santi Sabha, Binapani Puja Committee and Paschim Guwahati Nagarik Sajagata Samiti also took part in the meeting.
At the meeting, Matlib said that considering the law and order situation, he had made the appeal to the DC. But his explanation failed to convince the people present in the meeting. The other participants condemned the act of Matlib as a provocative one and described it as an attempt at affecting the age-old amity among the people of the greater Kumarpara area as well as the State.
The meeting made an appeal to the common people to remain vigilant against the agent provocateurs who are at work to disrupt the communal harmony in the State. It also urged the common people to extend service as volunteers to help the civil and police administration in maintaining law and order and also amity among the people of the State during the ensuing Durga Puja festival.
Meanwhile, Guwahati Commissioner of Police Mukesh Agarwal and Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu today said at a press conference that all efforts would be made to maintain communal harmony during the Durga Puja celebrations.
When asked about the demand by the Kumarpara Muslim Jamat Committee not to allow Durga Puja immersion processions through FA Road in Kumarpara, Dr Angamuthu said, �They have made the request. We are examining it. We will talk with the locals. We will settle the issue peacefully. I appeal to everybody to help us on the matter.�
Agarwal also appealed to the people �not to blow things out of proportion.� �We will examine the issue and take appropriate decision. We will do everything to maintain communal harmony,�he added.