An indefinite curfew has been imposed in two districts of Assam’s north-west as violence continues in the riot struck Assam, even as the Army continued to stage a flag march in the affected areas of lower Assam on Wednesday. Riots have been following after a clash between Bodos and Muslims which has claimed 40 lives.
The state machinery is fully geared up and the soldiers have been maintaining vigil in four districts. However it has not been effective in checking the violence, with the riots spreading to new areas in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts where eight more bodies were found.
The death toll as a result of the recent clashes between illegal Muslim immigrants and Bodo tribals, and subsequent police firing has shot up to 41. Apart from this a big exodus has been happening. Over 2 lakh people from 400 villages have been moved on to the relief camps numbering around 120, after moving out of the violence hit areas.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be finally visiting ethnic violence-hit Kokrajhar district on Thursday to take stock of the delicate situation in hand. Gogoi is expected to arrive in Kokrajhar at 11.00 am from where the recent wave of violence started earlier this month.
CM Tarun Gogoi, has however maintainted, “There are no fresh killings but the relief camp inmates have increased, mainly due to panic by fleeing villagers. I appeal to people not to give credence to rumours.”
Reports are that there is an acute shortage of trucks as people are migrating. The Norhteast Frontier Railway has resumed its services partially, allowing the Rajdhani Express to run. The train was stopped midway earlier due to the violence.