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107 houses torched in Karbi, death toll now 35
October 18, 2005 15:04 IST
Ethnic violence continued unabated in Karbi Anglong hill district of Assam with 107 houses being torched in overnight attacks as the toll in Monday's massacre rose to 35 with the recovery of one more body on Tuesday.
Police said the curfew with shoot-at sight orders, clamped after the worst-ever outbreak of violence in the district, was continuing on Tuesday.
A body was recovered from Karbi village Tissobasti, under Diphu police station, where unidentified assailants set ablaze 23 houses on Monday night.
Under the same police station, 16 more houses belonging to Dimasas were burnt down at Alturambasti early Tuesday morning.
Violence spread to Baithalangsu police station area, where another 30 houses at Jeramukh, 18 at Haripur, 17 at Rangjumi and three at Dhelapara belonging to Dimasas were torched, police said.
Several Karbi villagers from Sarsim area under Kheroni police station were also reported to have been taken away by attackers inside deep jungles and their fate was not yet known.
Reports of firing for violation of the prohibitory orders by miscreants were also received but no casualty had been recorded so far.