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'Elements outside Bodo areas fanning violence in Assam'

Last updated on: July 24, 2012 20:51 IST

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday hinted at the involvement of a third force behind the raging ethnic violence in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTC) areas of Kokrajhar and Chirang.

Gogoi called upon all the communities to exercise restraint and help the administration deal with the crisis. However, the president of the opposition All India United Democratic Force (AIUDF) Badaruddin Ajmol and the president of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Prafulla Kumar Mahanta blamed the Assam government for its failure to restore peace and harmony in the BTC areas.

Meanwhile, the Sub-divisional Police Officer of Bijni sub-division under the BTC area, Narayan Das on Tuesday sent his resignation to the state's director general of police protesting non-arrival of adequate forces to tackle the volatile situation.

On the other hand the BTC's chief executive member and the leader of Bodoland People's Front (BP), Hagrama Mohilary stated that some elements from outside the BTC areas, not the religious minority community living in BTC areas, were involved in fanning the violence affecting both Bodo tribe and the religious minority community in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.

He also said that the situation would have been much better had additional forces arrived promptly as soon as the situation stared deteriorating since Saturday.

Meanwhile, the DGP of Assam Police J N Choudhury informed that 14 additional companies of paramilitary forces were being rushed to the violence-hit areas by the Centre while 40 companies were already deployed. A source informed that the Centre will send 15 more companies of forces to help the Assam government tackle the ethnic flare-up.
K Anurag in Guwahati