Some unidentified miscreants vandalized at least seven shops, belonging to non-Assamese traders, in Golaghat on Wednesday, days after a local leader of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) was allegedly beaten up by two local businessmen.
Locals stated that the vandalized shops belong to Bihari and Marwari community traders.
The AASU leader, Ratul Dutta was allegedly beaten up by two businessmen on Tuesday. The businessmen were identified as Ganesh Gupta and Rohit Gupta. The businessmen, on the other hand, claimed that Ratul demanded money from them.
Following this issue, on Wednesday miscreants started to vandalize multiple shops. Properties amounting to lakhs of rupees were damaged during this act. However, no was harmed in the injured during the alleged attack.
In order to bring the situation under control, the police had to deploy an additional unit. After police teams were deployed, the miscreants managed to flee from the spot.
Later in the evening, Golaghat Deputy Commissioner (DC) held a meeting with the traders and AASU leaders regarding the issue. The DC during the meeting asked both the parties to help the administration to main peace in the district.
Currently the situation in Golaghat is under control and no fresh incidence of violence has been reported till filing of this report.
Earlier, Ratul stated that he was attacked on Tuesday while he was coming back from the market near the Golaghat railway station. He said that he had gone to the market near the Golaghat railway station. He said that he had gone to the market to buy milk but it started to rain heavily midday and Dutta decided to return home, “While I was coming back, few people obstructed my path out of which two people assaulted me physically,” said Dutta.
The AASU leader also said that the two people who attacked him were Ganesh Gupta and Rohit Gupta, local businessmen. He also alleged that they snatched away his gold chain and a cash amount of Rs 2,200.
Based on Dutta’s complaint, police had also detained the Gupta duo.
However, Ganesh’s family, denying Dutta’s allegations, stated that the AASU leader demanded Rs 20,000 from him. When the AASU leader came to pick up the money from their shop near the station, a heated argument took place between the Gupta duo and Dutta.
Police are now currently investigation the case to know the real truth behind the altercation.