Guwahati: Police on Sunday detained 18 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel for allegedly going on the rampage in the Kamakhya temple premises. Several people, including a temple priest and a jawan, were injured.
The condition of three persons including the priest is stated to be critical. According to the police, temple authorities complained that the BSF personnel resorted to blank fire and hit people with bamboo poles and rifle butt. Trouble began when the BSF personnel had a scuffle with the temple security and devotees over entering the temple, City Senior Superintendent of Police Nitul Gogoi told The Hindu .
Temple authorities complained that the BSF personnel tried to force their way through the main entrance even though a large number of devotees were waiting since morning. Enraged for being prevented in entering the temple through the main entrance, the personnel rushed to the parking area to come back with their armed colleagues and started beating up those who came on their way. They also ransacked shops and stalls. A senior BSF official rushed to the spot. A delegation of the All-Assam Students Union (AASU) urged the administration to arrest the personel within 24 hours. .