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Centre asks Assam government to use force to curb violence
October 17, 2005 23:03 IST
The Centre has asked Assam Government to use the police and paramilitary forces and also take some political steps to bring the ethnic violence in Karbi Anglog district, where 34 tribals were massacred on Monday, under control, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said on Monday.
"We have told the Chief Minister, who is the Chairman of the Unified Command, to use these forces, not only use these forces but also take some political steps to see that it does not happen again," Patil told reporters after a function in Bangalore.
"Assam has always been very well equipped. There are nearly 75,000 men and officers. We have given full liberty to the state government to use these forces," he said.
"Army is there, paramilitary forces are there and state police is there." Thirty-four Karbi tribals were massacred and at least 125 houses burnt on Monday as ethnic violence continued in Assam's Karbi Anglog district.