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PIX: Assam violence continues; Gogoi meets riots victims

Last updated on: July 26, 2012 15:17 IST

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Scattered violence continued for the sixth day on Thursday in riot-torn lower Assam districts where one person was killed in police firing while four persons were injured in an attack by a group of persons in Baksa district.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi arrived in Kokrajhar to review the situation in the riot-affected areas where tension prevailed.

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Image: Flames erupt from huts built on the banks of river Gourang during violence near Kokrajhar town in Assam
Photographs: Reuters

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Kokrajhar district executive magistrate Bipul Saikia was injured in an attack by unidentified assailants and his vehicle damaged while he was on his way to visit a relief camp in Bhotgaon Kanchipara area of the district.

In Dhubri district, one person was killed on Wednesday night when the police fired to quell a mob, taking the death toll to 41, Inspector General of police (law and order) L R Bishnoi said.

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Image: An interior view of a house that was burnt during ethnic riots is seen near Goshaigaon town, in Assam
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

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Four persons were seriously injured when some persons opened fired at Mussolpur in Baksa district, neighbouring Chirang district.

Stray incidents of violence were reported from Kokrajhar district as well as Chirang, Dhubri and Baksa during the night.

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Image: A policeman inspects a damaged television set in the forecourt of a burnt house during violence near Goshaigaon town in Assam
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Rediff

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The army and the para-military forces were deployed in the area. The chief minister, who arrived in Guwahati at 11.30 am in a helicopter from Guwahati, is scheduled to review the situation in a meeting with senior police and civil administration officials at the circuit house.

He is also scheduled to meet people displaced from their homes due to the conflict.

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Image: An Indian army soldier stands guard on a deserted road during a curfew at Kokrajhar town, in Assam
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters
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Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders were in force in worst-affected Kokrajhar district, while night curfew was on in Chirang and Dhubri district. Nearly two lakh people are taking shelter in 150 relief camps while 11 persons are missing.

Train services, which came to a complete halt for two days, have resumed with three special trains -- one each to New Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru-- being run from Guwahati to take passengers who were stranded at different places along the route.

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Image: Army soldiers patrol through the railway tracks at Kokrajhar town in Assam
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"Railway services have resumed fully. The Rajdhani Express, The North East Express and the Kamrup Express left Guwahati on time this morning," an official of the North East Frontier Railway said.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that additional doctors, nurses, mobile medical units and 15 ambulances along with medicine have been sent today to the violence-hit districts.

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Image: Villagers affected by the ethnic riots sit with their belongings inside a relief camp near Goshaigaon town, in Assam
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

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"We will ensure complete health care to all the affected and suffering people. We are quickly arranging for more doctors for the three severely affected districts of Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang," he said.

Already a team of doctors from Guwahati Medical College was working in Kokrajhar and these are only additional deployment in view of more relief camps, he said.

"We will further deploy two male public health workers and two nurses in each of the relief camps," he said.


Image: Villagers affected by the ethnic riots, crowd at a relief camp to receive medicines provided by the district administration near Kokrajhar town in Assam
Photographs: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

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