Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the stone-throwing incident on the Australian cricket team’s bus when they were returning to their hotel from the Barsapara Stadium on Wednesday after thumping India by eight wickets in the second T20 match.
Sonowal, who himself was present in the stadium during the match, said the incident was unfortunate and strict action would be taken against the culprits. “It was an act to tarnish Guwahati’s reputation as an emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it and an investigation is on. It was done to defame Assam and derail the state’s journey towards excellence. We’ll foil the evil design with the support of the people of Assam,” he said.
The chief minister referred to an appreciation letter from Roma Khanna, Head of Venue Operation, Fifa U-17 World Cup 2017, on security arrangements for international sports events in the state. Khanna had expressed gratitude to the Assam government for the security and facilities provided to the international teams and had said it set a benchmark for other events of this stature India might host in the future.
Sonowal directed Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay to nab the culprits at the earliest and also sought a report from Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia. Meanwhile, state Sports Minister Naba Kumar Doley, the chief secretary and the DGP called on the Australian players to express the government’s concern and informed them of the measures taken after the incident. Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch had tweeted on Tuesday night that it was pretty scary having a rock “thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel”.