|Silpi Samaj organises protest at Jorhat|
JORHAT, Dec 15 - The situation in Jorhat further seems to have improved today with markets, mostly grocery and vegetable shops, opening today and people coming out to buy essential items even as protests against CAA continued throughout the day in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office at AT Road.
Hundreds of people including large number of women joined the sit-in-demonstration organised by the Silpi Samaj here in which singers, musicians, poets and literary persons sang songs in praise of motherland (Assam) and in between gave slogans against CAA.
Calls of Joi Aai Asom rent the air in short intervals of time.
Meanwhile, police have picked up over 15 persons from different areas under Jorhat Police Station for questioning in connection with their alleged involvement in violence in the past few days during the protest period.
11 men rescued: Police today rescued a group of 11 persons on the Bahona outskirts here from a group of local people who suspected them to be anti-social elements after two among the group reportedly tried to run away seeing local residents.
Jorhat Superintendent Police Jitmol Doley told this newspaper that picking up of persons for questioning in connection with indulging in violent activities was on and will be continuing.
Doley said those found involved in unlawful activities will be arrested. Regarding the group of 11 men rescued by police in Bahona, the SP said the men were workers engaged in some construction work in Majuli.
The group hailing from Dhubri district were returning home from Majuli when they came across local people and two among them tried to run away in fear.
The SP said police team reached the spot and brought the group of men unharmed to police station and tomorrow they will be sent to Dhubri under necessary protection.
He said that the situation in the district was peaceful with no report of untoward incident coming in from any place in the past 24 hours.
Night curfew to continue: Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati, who is also the District Magistrate, told The Assam Tribune that night curfew (for the fourth consecutive day) from 10 pm tonight to 5 am tomorrow will continue.
Stating that the situation was further improving today, Korati said a few petrol depots opened this morning but due to heavy rush, the stocks got exhausted.
The DC said that a few tankers from Jorhat district left for Tinsukia today to bring petrol and diesel and are expected to return here tomorrow.
The Deputy Commissioner said one column of the Army was still assisting the administration in maintaining and law order. On Thursday, the administration had requisitioned two columns of Army but had released one column on Friday after the situation improved.
It may be mentioned here that three companies of Central paramilitary forces were dispatched to Jorhat district in the past few days to assist the local police in maintaining law-and-order situation. Altogether there are seven companies of Central forces deployed across Jorhat district presently.
Dry days extended: The dry day period declared by the Jorhat district administration since December 11 to 15 has been extended to December 18 in view of prevailing situation, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati informed.
Jorhat PS OC transferred: The State Home Department has transferred Officer-In-Charge of Jorhat Police Station Ranjit Chetia to Police Training College, Dergaon and has directed Inspector NK Bora, currently posted at PTC, Dergaon to replace Chetia as OC of Jorhat Police Station.