|DC appeals to maintain peace, communal harmony|
HAILAKANDI, May 14 - Curfew was relaxed for 17 hours today from 7 am in Hailakandi. Night curfew from 12 midnight to 7 am will continue for the next ten days. The schools were open today as they are preparing for the results of HSLC examination on Wednesday.
A cheque of Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia was handed over to the next of kin of the deceased Jashim Uddin by the Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Superintendent of Police, Mohneesh Mishra at his residence in Narayanpur village of Hailakandi district today.
It can be mentioned here that one Jashim Uddin was killed and several injured after clashes broke out among two groups in Hailakandi town during the jumma's namaz at SS Road of Hailakandi town mosque on Friday. Many vehicles, shops and properties were damaged, looted and set ablaze. Curfew was clamped immediately.
A delegation of Hailakandi district Congress Committee led by president Joynal Uddin Laskar today visited Silchar Medical College and Hospital and met the injured persons. Six of the injured persons were operated upon at the SMCH today and two were referred to the GMCH today, sources said.
Internet services were also restored this morning. The services were blocked throughout Barak Valley from Friday night following the clash.
The president of the SS Road Mosque Parichalan Samiti, Maulana Sarimul Haque has held both the police and civil administration responsible for the clash on Friday in Hailakandi town, which started from the mosque. He alleged that the police played the role of silent spectator.
The Hailakandi district administration has appealed to the people to maintain peace, communal harmony and brotherhood to defeat the sinister designs of certain elements trying to create rift in the society.
In a letter addressed to the members of the public, Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli said the crying need of the hour is to maintain peace and communal harmony as the district is going through a difficult phase and to work towards lasting peace for ensuring all-round development.
Jalli said the administration has had to impose curfew to act as a deterrent to the anti-social elements, though it has caused inconvenience to the people. “I am aware that imposition of curfew has caused inconvenience to you. I promise you that it is a temporary measure and done to act as a deterrent to the anti-social elements,” she added.
Urging the people not to be swayed by emotions and not to believe what is being circulated in social media platforms, Jalli said, “I appeal to everyone to cross-check and verify the information with the district administration.”
Appealing to the people to stand strong against forces trying to create rift in society, Jalli said the administration has opened a control room with numbers 03844-223377/1077 and also a police control room with numbers 100/03844-222253/224595 for the public to report on any incident and also bring to their notice any objectionable post on social media. “The administration is wholly committed to ensuring peace and security to all its denizens and is working day in and day out towards it,” she asserted.
Jalli said the district has enough forces to tackle any situation and that “strict and immediate action” will be taken in the event of any incident.
The Deputy Commissioner assured the people that the miscreants who triggered the violence will be brought to book and stringent action will be initiated against them as per provisions of law.
Seeking the support and cooperation of the people in bringing back lasting and durable peace in the district, Jalli said, “Let us all rise in unison to inflict a crushing blow to the nefarious forces and to usher in peace, progress and prosperity in the days ahead.”
In an order issued on Tuesday, the administration has asked the officers and staff to report on time in their office following the improvement in the situation and directed them not to leave headquarters without the prior approval of the authorities, warning that any deviation will be viewed very seriously.