Suspected ISIS flag hoisted in Goalpara

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, May 2: Panic and a kind of fear psychosis is brewing across Assam on Wednesday following the report of the recovery of six flags similar to that of notorious international terrorist group ‘ISIS’ found hoisting near the Kachari Ghat (Old Goalpara district court) area.

The flags were both in Arabic and English languages and there was the inscription – ‘IS NE’. The ‘IS NE’ might be the abbreviation of ‘Islamic State North East’.

Several people who went for morning walk noticed the flags and informed it to the police who immediately arrived at the scene and removed the flags.

The area is just 20 metre off Goalpara Town Police Outpost and at the bank of river Brahmaputra which connects to the various riverine villages or char of Goalpara, Barpeta and Bongaigaon districts.

“I saw the flags and doubted to be a criminal work and informed the police. Several other people, who came for morning walk and other purposes, also noticed it,” an eyewitness told a local news channel.

An investigation is under way. At first look it seems to be a work of some anti-social elements,” Goalpara superintendent of police Amitava Sinha told reporters.

Meanwhile, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU), Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS), Goria Moria Deshi Jatiya Parishad (GMDJP) and political parties, including Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) sharply reacted to the incident and appealed to the people to maintain peace in the society.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi criticised Assam government for its inaction in curbing the growing fundamentalist activities in Assam and demanded immediate measures to foil any design to create unrest in the state.

Goalpara District Students Union general secretary Jitumoni Bhuyan has demanded high-level inquiry into the incident. He questioned the responsibility of the police and asked how within such short distance from a police station the incident happened.

Goalpara AGP president Jiten Das said vested interests have done it to disturb the relationship between different communities.

The incident took place at a time when the three-day state level Islamic religious convention or Ijtema will begin in the town from Thursday. Moreover, Tuesday night was a special Islamic religious night ‘Sob-e-borat’ when Namaj is performed throughout the night.

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