Violence broke out at Sonai poll centre; Police resort to firing two injured

Silchar, April 1: In a shocking turn of events, polling process for the second phase of Assembly elections for the seven constituencies of Cachar district which started on an enthusiastic and peaceful note despite heavy rainfall in some places concluded with an alleged incident of violence as two persons were reportedly injured in a scuffle two groups at a polling station in Sonai constituency.

Sources said that the incident occurred at a voting centre located at Madhya Dhani LP School when BJP candidate from the constituency Aminul Haque Laskar allegedly manhandled a person. The politician has charged him with conducting some malpractice inside the centre.

Locals alleged that police had to exert force to disperse crowd and defuse tension among the two groups  at the 109 polling station in Sonai. Senior police officials have rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.

In another incident at Katigorah constituency, sources said that a youth has been taken into police custody for allegedly resorting to foul means.

More details awaited. This is a developing story.

Pvt Madrassas Will Never be Shut Down, these keep "Muslims Alive": Assam Deputy Speaker

Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker and senior BJP chief Aminul Haque Laskar has mentioned that personal madrassas won’t ever be shut down as “these have kept the Muslims alive”.

Earlier, the Assam government has decided to close all state-run madrassas and a notification to this effect is likely to be issued this month.

“Has any madrassa been closed down? These madrassas won’t ever be shut down as these have saved the Muslims alive,” he mentioned, whereas laying the inspiration stone for a madrassa in Cachar district on Sunday.

“Maulanas and qazis have come out from these madrassas. Imams of mosques have studied in these madrassas. They have never been shut down,” he said.

Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that all the state-run madrassas will be shut down as the government cannot support any religious education in a secular society, leading to sharp political reactions from the opposition.

“If madrassas are closed down, then do protest. When Congress protests closing of madrassas by the BJP authorities, then inform them that solely authorities madrassas shall be closed down,” the deputy speaker mentioned.

Laskar further added that the closing of presidency madrassas will in no way impression the Muslim neighborhood’s non secular preaching.

“No one has ever come out from a authorities madrassa and joined a masjid. The opposition Congress and AIUDF are solely doing politics over the difficulty,” he instructed.