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Assam CM orders firm step to prevent recurrence of violence


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From Our Correspondent

 Guwahati: Two persons were killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence in Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD) area of lower Assam after a lull of three months, police said on Sunday.

A person was shot dead at Badugaon under Gossaigaon police station of Kokrajhar district on Saturday and in the retaliatory attack, a youth was attacked with sharp weapons and killed at nearby Batlanmara village.

Following the fresh incidents of violence in the communally sensitive Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTDC) areas, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Sunday asked the civil and police administrations to deal with the situation firmly and to ensure no recurrence of such incidents.

An official statement said Gogoi directed both civil and police administrations to deal with the situation firmly and to ensure that such incidents did not recur.

The Chief Minister directed the DGP, ADGP (SB) of Assam Police, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Chirang to beef up security and ttake firm action against those trying to spark violence once again in the area.

The DC and SP, Chirang informed the Chief Minister that the situation was tense but under control, said an official source.

Fresh violence occurred in the BTDC area which witnessed massive riot between the Bodo tribe and the Muslim community in July-August this year which left about 90 people dead and more than 4.8 lakh homeless during July-August this year.

On Saturday the killing of two persons – one from Muslim community and another a Bodo tribe person.

One Ainal Seikh was shot dead by unidentified miscreants at a paddy field at Number 2 Baju Gaon under Gossaingaon police station in the morning hours on Saturday while another person Rabindra Basumatary was murdered by unidentified miscreants with sharp weapons at Antahibari under Kokrajhar police station later in the day.

Both the incidents created fresh tension between the two communities in the BTDC.

In the wake of the fresh incidents of violence, Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the BTDC, Hagrama Mohilary asked the rest of the violence-displaced inmates still lodged in refugee camps, not to go back to their villages without adequate security.

Meanwhile, chief minister Tarun Gogoi claimed that the government was able to persuade a total of 4,46,296 riot-displaced refugees in the BTC to leave for their respective homes and only just 39,625 riot-hit were left in camps as on date. (With inputs from PTI)


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