Guwahati, 29 March-2014, Nilim Dutta : Two teenaged Bodo girls came under attack from a group of 7-8 miscreants this morning at Baldi No. 1 village under Amguri Police Station in Bijni Subdivision in Chirang District of BTAD, Assam.
It has been reported that Jayashree Mushahary and Razia Narzari were fishing in the Makra river that flows next to the village in the morning. While fishing, they were attacked by a group of 7-8 miscreants. They killed Jayashree brutally by slitting her throat. Razia Narzari fortunately survived and escaped to inform her village about the attack. The incident occurred at about 8:30 am in the morning. Immediately, police was informed and the villagers went back to the scene of the crime and recovered the body of the slain girl. What immediately triggered tension was that at least 4 of the miscreants were Muslims from a village across the river who the survivor has identified. The situation was brought under control by arrival of senior police, civil administration officials and army officials.
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In spite of all precautions to prevent a communal flare up, unidentified miscreants burnt down two Muslim homes in another village, Uttar Ballamguri in the same Subdivision.
In the evening, in another village, Khujrabguri No. 1, body of an unidentified Muslim man with his throat slit has been recovered.
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In an area where the Muslims had suffered the brunt of violence and where ordinary Muslim villagers are wary of getting into any conflict with the Bodo community, it is difficult to accept this as a mere handiwork of criminals who had sought to sexually assault the girls. There is ample reason to believe that this was an attempt to ‘engineer’ another communal conflagration in BTAD just before the General Elections.