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Rock thrown at Australian cricket team bus, two held

Guwahati: The people of Assam especially the cricket lovers have been shamed before the world  because of  a freak incident of throwing of a rock at the bus carrying Australian team back to hotel from Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday night after the T20 cricket match was over.

Holding of international cricket in Guwahati in future has come under serious question because of the incident even as the organiser Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has also lodged a complaint with the police regarding the incident.

This was the first time in seven years that Guwahati hosted an international cricket match and the incident that occurred after the match was over came as as a blot on the hosts. There was not a single unsavory incident inside the stadium during the match that was a smooth affair.

Meanwhile, city police have arrested two persons on suspicion on their involvement in rock throwing at the bus of Australian cricket team. They are being quizzed.

The incident occurred after Australia had defeated India by eight wickets at the newly built stadium to level the three-match T20I series 1-1. No player was, however, hurt in the incident, a city police source informed.

The report about the unsavory incident became viral after Australian opener Aaron Finch had tweeted a picture of a broken glass window of the bus. No one was sitting at the window, when the rock hit the glass panel.

“Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he wrote on Twitter. The post was also retweeted by stand-in captain David Warner.

Miscreants managed to throw the missile though the Australian cricket team bus was accompanied by local police and security officials on their way back to the hotel.

Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal while condemning the incident directed the DGP Mukesh Sahay to institute a thorough investigation to the shameful incident and book the culprits soon.

At the instruction of the chief minister, the DGP Sahay along with the chief secretary V K Pipersania and state sports minister N K Doley met the Australian cricket team at their hotel to take stock of the incident. City police commissioner Hiren Nath too met the team members and officials at their hotel to get details of the incident. The DGP said everything would become clear after the investigation is over.

State finance, education and health etc., minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sarma while apologizing for the incident in a twitter message said that such behaviour was unpardonable, the guilty would be punished.

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