I was shocked and sad. Near Saukuchi, an insane individual waited with a stone of sufficient weight in his hand for the bus in which Aussies were travelling. The moment the man saw the bus passing by, he threw it with sufficient momentum so as to break a window pane and then successfully ran away. “Perhaps” a cricket ball size stone was found inside the bus. The story is not so convincing.
Let’s replace the insane person with a cricket crazy person and obsessively men in blue fan. Still the incident is not so plausible. In another perspective let’s imagine the person to be an anti Indian, anti assam who was jealous of an international match being played in Guwahati, Assam. But I am still not convinced.
Then suddenly I remembered an incident. I was travelling in a bus along NH37. Perhaps somewhere near Krishnai , a window pane behind my seat broke into pieces. “Stone Pelting” some passengers screamed. All inside the bus got worried and the bus stopped. We could see agricultural land on both sides of the road and no miscreant was sighted. We tried to understand if there was any Assam Bandh, Rabha Hasong Bandh, Minorities Bandh or any other Bandh. But the unanimous conclusion was that there was no Bandh that day. We tried to locate the stone which might have landed inside the bus. But no stone was detected inside the bus.
I shared my experience and insight with wife. I was surprised to learn that she also had similar experiences, that too on NH37 but perhaps near Teok or Sivasagar on two occasions while travelling in night service buses. In one occasion a window pane was broken and in the second incident the windscreen( front window) broke. Though she is sure that these were stone pelting cases, she can’t recollect if any stone had landed inside the buses. But she is sure that there was no Bandh call by AASU, AATASU, AAMSU etc when the incidents happened.
Good news is that Guwahati police has apprehended the stone pelters on the Aussies Bus. The matter is perhaps closed as the culprits have confessed. But news tickers on local channels are again not convincing.
The motive behind stone pelting appears as
-Not getting entry tickets for the match. (Tickets got sold out in a couple of hour . A very small minority of cricket enthusiasts managed to get tickets at the right price)
-Excessive Drinking. ( Assam is not a dry state and perhaps we can’t call drinking an offence).