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Assam: Curfew imposed in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon after renewed violence

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Nov 15, 2012 at 01:44pm IST

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Guwahati: Curfew has been imposed in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon districts of Assam following renewed violence. On Thursday morning one person was stabbed in a market in Kokrajhar while one body was recovered in Gossaigaon, taking the death toll to five in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) since Saturday.

The civil administration and police force are taking measures to control the situation after the violence flared up once again. Earlier, two persons were killed in fresh violence by suspected NDFB anti-talk faction insurgents in Kokrajhar district. A leader of a teachers' union was gunned down on Wednesday at Kasugaon when he was on his way to a government office along with a friend, who was also injured, official sources said.

A woman was shot dead and three others injured in two separate incidents in the district on Tuesday night in fresh violence by suspected militants of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) after a gap of nearly three months.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed top police brass to take the help of the Army and para-military forces if required. "Vigil should be stepped up to foil the sinister designs of certain forces," Gogoi said after a meeting at his official residence and appealed to the people to remain alert and to maintain peace and harmony.

He said the latest violence was the handiwork of certain forces who wanted to create disturbances in the BTAD areas which were returning to normal. The Ranjan Daimary faction of NDFB has been unleashing violence in the region, which witnessed clashes between Bodos and migrant Muslims leaving around 90 people dead and lakhs homeless during August-September 2012.

Meanwhile, a special team of police reached Kokrajhar for search and seizure of illegal weapons, the sources said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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