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Assam: BJP deputes four-member team to assess situation

July 24, 2012 16:18 IST

With ethnic violence continuing in parts of Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday decided to send a fact-finding team to the state to ascertain the reasons that led to the clashes.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari has deputed a four-member team to assess the situation in violence-hit parts of Assam. BJP's Assam affairs in-charge and party general secretary

Vijay Goel will head the team, which will visit the violence- hit areas of Assam soon and make a first-hand assessment of the happenings in the eastern state.

Other members of the fact-finding team are party general secretary Kiran Maheshwari, who is also the co-in-charge of party affairs in Assam, besides party Members of Parliament Vijay Chakravarty and Raman Deka.

Certain parts of Assam, including Kokrajhar district, are badly affected following violent clashes between Bodo tribals and minority immigrants. Twenty-one people have been killed in  ethnic violence so far.

The violence which started in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam has spread to Bongaigaon district. An indefinite curfew is imposed in Kokrajhar, while night curfew is continuing in Chirang and Dhubri districts.

Thousands of people have been rendered homeless with most of them taking shelter in government-run relief camps in Kokrajhar while in Chirang they have taken shelter in  schools and local club buildings.

The violence was triggered by the firing on two student leaders who were critically injured - Mohibul Islam of All Bodoland Minority Students' Union and Abdul Siddique Sheikh of All Assam Minority Students' Union in Kokrajhar.

In a retaliatory attack, four former Bodo Liberation Tigers cadres were killed on Friday night in the district and this led to further attacks and counter-attacks resulting in the deaths.

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