Subodh Biswas, who allegedly inspired the mob with hate speech, remains absconding, while 27 people have been taken into custody.
Law and order concerns were raised and Section 144 imposed after protesters, led by a Bengali group demanding citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis, vandalised an All Assam Students’ Union office.
Held inside a forest in Assam’s Goalpara district in mid-December, the annual festival has become an example of a unique format of contemporary theatre in India.
The state police suspect that United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants were behind the attack.
The presence of the United Liberation Front of Asom and the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur along the frontier is evidence of the shrinking space for the groups to hide and set up camps.