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55-year-old Imam fatally stabbed inside mosque in Tinsukia

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DIBRUGARH, Nov 5: In a distressing incident, a 55-year-old Imam was fatally stabbed inside a mosque in Tinsukia district, Upper Assam, on Sunday morning.

The victim, identified as Maulana Tehzeeb Islam from Bihar’s Purnia district, served as an Imam at a mosque in Tinsukia’s Makum Kolabari area.

Mohammad Ibrahim Ahmed (42), a local resident, was swiftly arrested as the prime suspect in the stabbing. He reportedly entered the mosque with a machete and repeatedly attacked Maulana Tehzeeb Islam during his morning prayers. An eyewitness recounted trying to intervene but was unable to prevent the fatal attack. Despite efforts to halt the assailant, the Imam succumbed to the injuries on the spot.

Upon the police’s arrival, the body was recovered for a post-mortem examination. The accused allegedly fled the scene after the attack, leaving the murder weapon behind. He later returned to the site, attempting to blend in with the locals. However, authorities managed to identify and detain him.

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An immediate case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed against Ibrahim Ahmed, who was swiftly arrested. The community responded with protests, urging strict punishment for the accused. Police have confirmed the resolution of the case as the prime suspect has reportedly confessed to the crime.

Authorities plan to present the accused in court promptly and expedite the chargesheet submission.

This appalling incident has sparked significant outrage in the local community.

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