Assam ethnic violence continues, death toll rises to 41.
July 26, Guwahati: After a week of Bodo-Muslim ethnic violence in Assam the death toll rose to 41 on Wednesday. Over 2 lakh people from 400 villages are living in some 120 relief camps after moving out of the violence hit areas. Five more bodies were recovered from Bijni in Chirang district and three from worst-hit Kokrajhar where shoot-at-sight orders and indefinite curfew were in force, police said.
In Delhi, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said 2,000 central security personnel have been deputed to guard Guwahati-bound trains and railway tracks which were disrupted.
“We have asked the state government to book ring leaders of both sides so that violence can be checked immediately. No one involved in the violence will be spared,” he said.
Ruling out the possibility of involvement of anyone from across the border, he said, “The international border is sealed. It is simply impossible for any organised group crossing over to India from across the border to carry out the attacks.”
Indefinite curfew continues to remain imposed in two districts of Assam’s north-west, while shoot-at-sight orders also continue to remain in place in four districts – Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon.
The Army, whose thirteen columns have been deployed in affected areas, will continue to conduct a flag march today.
Meanwhile, The Centre has asked the Assam government to nab the “ring leaders” involved in unrest.
North Frontier Railway spokesman Nripendra Bhattacharjee said passenger and goods trains services had partially resumed this afternoon and the stalled trains would resume their journey with the ‘improvement’ in the situation. “With the resumption of train services, we hope that the stranded passengers will be taken to their destinations gradually,” the NFR spokesman said.
More than 30,000 passengers were stranded in all these stations for the past couple of days due to ongoing clash between minority immigrants and Bodo rivals in lower Assam, complained of food and water crisis.
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