Death toll Rises 32 in Assam Violence, PM Intervenes

The PM intervenes after the mindless cycle of violence in Assam claims 32 innocent lives

New Delhi, May 3 (PTI): Nine more bodies were recovered in Baksa district in Assam on Saturday, taking the toll to 32 in the sectarian violence unleashed presumably by Bodo tribal militants. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keeping a close watch on the Assam situation in the wake of violence in two communally-sensitive districts of the state.

Official sources claimed that the bodies of the victims, including four children and two women, were recovered from Khagrabari village adjacent to the Manas National Park.

Besides Chirang and parts of Dhubri districts, indefinite curfew has also been imposed in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts where 23 people were killed. The Army has been staging flag marches in the violence-hit areas to install confidence among people and to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, police fired in the air at Basbari in Baksa district when a mob armed with spears and sticks tried to set ablaze a Forest Range office this morning. The agitators complained that their houses had been burnt down by militants and government had failed to protect their lives and property. A total of 22 people have so far been arrested in connection with the violence.
The violence started when heavily armed NDFB-S militants entered a house and shot dead three members of a family, including two women, and injured an infant from the minority community near Ananda Bazar area in Baksa district on Thursday. This was followed by indiscriminate firing at Balapara-I village in neighbouring Kokrajhar district in the early hours yesterday which left eight persons dead and injured several others.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) A P Rout told reporters that investigation had revealed involvement of NDFB(S) in the violence. “Six of the ten companies of paramilitary forces sent by the Centre to tackle the situation have reached Assam with three of them sent to Kokrajhar and two to Baksa,” Rout said.