The army remained on stand by and indefinite curfew, clamped since the kidnap and killing of of four persons by suspected militants, remained in force for the third day in Assam's Baksa district as three persons were arrested in connection with the crime on Monday.
Security personnel patrol a deserted road during a curfew in Baksa district in Assam. (Reuters Photo)
"The curfew is continuing and no fresh incident has taken place so far. The situation is under control," Baksa additional deputy commissioner Bhawani Prasad Sharma said.
Baksa deputy commissioner Vinod Seshan said that three persons were arrested in connection with the kidnap of the four persons who hailed from neighbouring Barpeta district.Watch: Three bodies recovered in Baksa, curfew imposed
"The three were arrested for helping suspected NDFB(S) militants in the kidnapping of the four persons," he said.
All the four bodies were fished out of Hakuwa river and not Beki as was said earlier. One of the bodies bore a bullet mark, while the others had cut marks, Sharma said adding the post mortem was conducted on Monday.
The killed included two teenaged boys, who were among seven people, reportedly lemon traders from Barpeta district, who had gone to Labdungri market in Baksa. They were kidnapped by suspected NDFB(S) militants and did not return.
He said the strength of police, CRPF and para-military forces deployed in Salbari sub-division and Anand Bazar area have been increased and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits behind the Friday night kidnap of the four persons and their subsequent killing.
The curfew is relaxed for two hours in the evening daily for 'iftaar' by the Muslim community as this is the month of 'Ramzaan', he said.
Army has been on stand-by since Saturday and conducted area dominance exercise yesterday after three bodies were fished out. The first one was recovered on Saturday.
On Sunday, nine people were arrested for attacking and critically injuring a police official while taking the bodies for postmortem.
In another incident the police had to fire in the air at Anand Bazar area to disperse a mob which ignored the curfew to protest against the kidnap.
Assam government has already announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 8 lakh for the families of the each of those killed.