Assam violence: Shoot-at-sight orders, death toll at 21

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 08:08 hrs

Guwahati: Shoot at sight orders were issued and an indefinite curfew was enforced after fresh incidents of arson in interior areas of Kokrajhar district were reported on Tuesday as the death toll from three days of violence touched 21.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said that the situation in Kokrajhar was still tense and the state government was trying its best to control it.

"21 people have been killed, more than 40,000 people are in the camps. We have sent para military forces to the location and have ordered shoot at sight orders. We are dealing firmly with the situation, he said.

Fresh arson was reported from Fakiragram, Serfanguri, Narabari, Gossaigaon, Dotoma, Mokrajan and Tulsibari areas where miscreants set ablaze abandoned houses, police said.

Four more bodies were recovered during the day from Kokrajhar district, police said on Tuesday. Of the total 21 deaths, Kokrajhar accounted for 17 while four persons died in the neighbouring Chirang district, where the violence between minority immigrants and Bodo tribals spread.

The root of the violence, however, is still unexplained, media reports said, adding that dissent over encroachment by outsiders and tribal violence were the primary possibilities.

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