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Assam: 1 killed in communal clashes

August 15, 2008 01:36 IST

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The ongoing agitation against infiltration in Assam on Thursday took a communal turn with clashes reported in Rowta in central Assam, killing one and injuring seven others critically.

Clashes broke out between two communities and the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta informed that police had recovered one dead body from the area. "The situation is tense but under control," he said.

The Udalguri district Superintendent of Police Bijay Kuli said that at least seven persons of different communities were critically wounded at Rowta.

The district administration has sought additional paramilitary forces to carry out a flag march in the trouble-torn area to pacify the prevailing communal tension between the two communities.

According to Mahanta, a local students body -- Muslim Students Organisation -- had called for a bandh on Thursday to oppose the harassment of minorities in the name of identification of illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators.

Local organisations opposed the bandh, which resulted in group clash at a daily bazaar where some students were trying to enforce the bandh.

Police said that seven of those critically wounded have been shifted to Tezpur Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, the radical Bodo militant organisation National Democratic Front of Bodoland have been making claims that they had killed nine members of the other community as retaliation. There is no official confirmation in this regard.

A report from Tezpur said that activists of the All Assam Students Union stopped a passenger bus travelling from Dibrugarh to Kalaigaon and detained 122 suspected Bangladeshis. The vehicles were damaged, while the detained suspected Bangladeshis were handed over to the Assam police.


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