Indefinite curfew; Assam's Kokrajhar tense

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 11:42 hrs

Situation in Assam's Kokrajhar remained tense on Friday as indefinite curfew was imposed in the district on Thursday following the arrest of a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for his alleged role in the recent violence in the state.

MLA Pradeep Brahma, who belongs to the Bodoland People´s Front (BPF), was arrested by police from his residence at Boragari area near Dotama in Kokrajhar district late Wednesday night.

The BPF on Friday called for an indefinite bandh in Kokrajhar district to protest the arrest of the MLA.

Brahma was sent to 14-day judicial custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court of Kokrajhar on Thursday.

According to reports, the police arrested Brahma after seven cases were registered against him in Kokrajhar´s Dotama and Fakiragram police stations.

"Brahma was arrested after seven cases were registered against him at Dotama and Fakiragram police station for allegedly being involved in BTAD riots," a top police official said.

Reacting to his arrest, Assam Transport minister and BPF MLA Chandan Brahma said, "Pradeep Brahma is innocent."

Thousands of people and supporters of BPF blocked railway tracks at Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon in Assam on Thursday to protest against Brahma´s arrest.

Along with the people, at least three MLAs of BPF, alliance party of the Congress-led state government, blocked the railway tracks demanding his release.

At least 78 people were killed in the Assam violence between Bodos and Muslim settlers since July and countless were rendered homeless and sheltered in relief camps.

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