Curfew imposed in Assam's Kokrajhar district as communal violence resumes

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 15:10 hrs

Curfew has been imposed in Assam's Kokrajhar District following reports of renewed violence.

According to sources an unidentified group of people, armed with razor-sharp weaponry, launched an attack on a market in Kokrajhar and critically injured a trader, identified as Abdul Kalam.

As per media reports, these attacks took the death toll to six since violence erupted nearly after three-month let-up on November 10.

Speaking to reporters, Assam's Forest Minister, Raqibul Hassan, said on Thursday that all necessary help was being offered to the victims by the provincial government.

"In the last three days three incidents have taken place. We met the father of Robin Boro, who was injured in the violence. Also then on the orders of the chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, a doctor was sent to cater to an injured, Mohammad but he succumbed to his injures. Robin Boro would be given three hundred thousand as compensation and the rest of the victims also would be given the same amount," said Hassan.

Nearly after three months since deadly riots between Bodo tribes' people and Muslim villagers erupted in Kokrajhar and its surrounding districts, curfews have become the norm, and fear now stalks this lush, riverine region that borders Bangladesh.

More than 85 people have died - shot or hacked to death with machetes. Hundreds of thousands of people from both communities have left their homes, seeking refuge in schools that have been converted into camps for the displaced.

Hundreds of villages have been burnt to the ground and possessions looted as the rioters have gone on the rampage. Their rage has also hit urban areas like Kokrajhar town, where the charred shells of homes remain.

The government says many of the 400,000 displaced have been able to return to their homes, but there are still over 275,000 people - mostly Muslims-who continue to live in the camps, which are overcrowded and squalid. (ANI)

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