After curfew, Bisara on tenterhooks
The communities, who appear to boil with rage, held each other responsible for the incident that led to the killing of a middle-aged man and injuring his son.
They claimed that police inaction and their complicity added fuel to the fire. Their outburst was witnessed when they heckled senior district administrative officials before forcing them to run away from the village.
The villagers accused of being threatened by the officials for not maintaining silence over the issue. Visit by high-profile leaders and their statements kept outraging the people on both sides throughout the day. Instead of defusing tension, political leaders’ statements further aggravated tensions.
Alleging suppression of their voice, the people from the minority community engaged into a scuffle with the officials early morning. They claimed that the officials have been forcing them not to interact with the media without police permission and have been receiving threats to face dire consequences.
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The district administration, however, claimed to have taken adequate measures to avoid any untoward incident to reduce the gap between the affected communities. The officials announced zero tolerance towards the people involved in the vandalism which turned into mob-lynching.
“We have been keeping a close vigil on every suspicious activity. We have also been providing adequate security to the affected families so they could avoid exodus,” said N P Singh, District Magistrate.
Meanwhile, the victims’ family said that their faith in the district administration is nil as their steps are too little and too late. “The representatives of the government are not going to do anything for us. Except for the token arrests nothing else has been done,” said Jan Mohammad, younger brother of deceased.