Sualkuchi: On Saturday, the Army was deployed and indefinite curfew clamped in the silk town Sualkuchi in Assam’s Kamrup (Rural) district following protests against use of artificial silk during which 10 peoples were injured in police firing.
The official sources said that the district administration called in the army after imposing the prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr P C from 2:00 pm to enclose 2nd day of protests by weavers who called a 12-hour bandh.
The protesters, comprising weavers and local people, converged on the main market area in the morning and urged the State Bank of India branch to down shutters as a bandh was on, the sources said.
The mob then effectively took out goods from the shops selling clothes labelled ‘Assam silk’ and made bonfires of them on the roads claims they were not authentic pure Assamese golden Muga Silk and white Paat Silk distinctive to the state.
Expressing concern over the circumstances, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that while the apprehensions expressed by the handloom weavers were authentic but nobody should take the law into their own hands.
Gogoi told that “The handloom industry has to be saved but we do not believe that burning clothes brought from outside is the solution. We believe nobody should take the law into their own hands.”
Handloom & Textile and Sericulture Minister Pranati Phukan said that she would take steps to ensure that a proper inquiry was made into the use of artificial silk and goods brought from outside the state being hyped as genuine handloom from Sualkuchi.