Facebook post triggers communal clash; curfew clamped; Six organisations call 24-hour bandh today

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MARGHERITA/GUWAHATI, Sept 14: Curfew was clamped at Doomdooma, Borapjan and Longsowal areas in Tinsukia district of Assam following eruption of communal clash between two communities in which at least 15 persons were injured while police had to fire tear gas shells to control near Borhapjan old market on Friday morning.

The clash erupted between two communities after a derogatory Facebook post regarding a ritual of one of the communities went viral in the social media at Borhapjan area.

Police initially resorted to lathi charge and fire in the air to disperse a mob. At least 30 people were injured in the police action.

The situation is now under control, a senior police official informed here Friday night.

The clash occurred in two adjacent localities Longsowal and Borhapjan under Doomdooma police station area where the policemen fired five rounds in the air to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile, six organisations such as Hindu Yuba Chatra Parishad Asom, International Hindu Parishad, Biswa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, AASAA and Asom Thakur Sangh all Tinsukia District Committees have called for a 24-hour Tinsukia district bandh on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the president of Tinsukia unit of Hindu Yuba Chatra Parishad, Sanju Konwar demanded immediate arrest of the youth who had passed derogatory comment against a Hindu God in the social media on Thursday.

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