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4 more killed in Assam violence, toll reaches 14
November 18, 2012
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GUWAHATI:  The law and order situation in troubled Kokrajhar district of Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) seems to be deteriorating further.

Suspected militants attacked a house in the district late Friday night, killing four persons - including a minor boy - on the spot, and injuring another minor boy.

The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) working president Atul Bora said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has lost control over the government and also came down heavily on the ruling party for an alleged fake encounter in Majuli Island.

The fresh incidents took place at Jiaguri village in the district, even though indefinite curfew remains in force in the district.

The army has been carrying out flag marches in all sensitive areas of the district for three days.

“A group of armed men sprayed bullets at the house of one Abbas Ali around 11pm on Friday, killing four people on the spot. Another minor boy received bullet injuries on his hand,” said the police.

A woman who was injured after suspected militants opened indiscriminate fire at her house at Bamungaon in the district earlier Friday evening, succumbed to injuries at a local hospital Saturday morning.

With five deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll in violence in Kokrajhar district rose to 11. The turbulence here began on Nov.10.

Meanwhile, Kokrajhar police have arrested Mono Kumar Brahma, executive member of the Bodoland Territorial Council, which runs the administration in the BTAD, on Saturday.

The arrest was made from his residence in Kokrajhar town, after illegal arms and ammunition were found in his possession.

A senior Assam Police official confirmed the arrest of Brahma and said that the police have also seized two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and 60 rounds of live ammunition from him.

Brahma is a member of the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), which is in power in the Bodoland Territorial Council and also a partner with the ruling Congress in Assam.

“Brahma is being questioned by our officers over his alleged role in the fresh violence and over the possession of illegal arms from his residence,” said the official.

Indo-Asian News Service

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