SILCHAR, Oct 31 - A tense situation prevailed in Silchar on Thursday as incidents of sporadic violence and stone pelting were reported from many places.
Sources said a road blockade was staged at Rangirkhari by a section of irked citizens demanding action by the Cachar Deputy Commissioner after two persons were killed and 16 others were left injured by a speeding truck at Meherpur on Wednesday night. As the day progressed, instances of cars being attacked and a bus being vandalised were reported from Hospital Road which triggered panic among the people. Soon, shutters were pulled down, giving a sudden deserted look to the otherwise busy streets.
Police and CRPF jawans rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Additional SP (HQ) Jagadish Das said a few troublemakers were booked for vandalising cars and efforts were on to restore peace. He urged all to maintain peace and harmony and cooperate with police.
On Wednesday evening, two persons were killed and many others were injured by a speeding truck in Meherpur area of Silchar. The incident occurred around 8.30 pm near Birbalbazar area of Meherpur when the truck, bearing number NL-01-K-9741, hit the victims who were part of a procession to immerse an idol of Goddess Kali. Fumed over the incident, angry locals set the truck ablaze.
The deceased have been identified as Sonali Das (18) and Pompy Dey (20), residents of Durgapally area. At least 16 others have been admitted to Silchar Medical College and Hospital for treatment.
Additional SP Jagadish Das, DSP (HQ) AJ Baruah and other officials rushed to the spot to pacify the mob. Drivers Rajkumar Das (20) and Prasanta Ramsiary (27) have been arrested.
Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy reached the hospital and spoke to some of the injured. �The injured persons would be given free medical treatment while families of those who died would get ex gratia amounts,� he said. Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar also reached the hospital and inquired about the injured patients. �The accused truck drivers were involved in a scuffle at Sonai Road, following which the vehicle zoomed through Rangirkhari and the National Highway traffic points at great speed. How can the truck enter the town violating the �No Entry� timing?� the Deputy Speaker said.
Considering the sensitive situation, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri has clamped Section 144 CrPC across the district, restricting gatherings, use of loudspeakers and carrying of weapons.