Assam attack: CM Sonowal to visit Kokrajhar today

  • ANI, Kokrajhar
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 10:57 IST
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal addresses a press conference at the BJP office in Guwahati. (PTI)

Assam chief minister Sarbanand Sonowal will visit Kokrajhar on Saturday to take stock of the situation arising out of Friday’s attack by suspected Bodo militants which claimed 13 lives.

Sonowal briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday about the situation.

Sonowal, who was in Delhi, met the Prime Minister and apprised him about the incident at Balajan Tiniali market in Kokrajhar district and the steps taken to nab those involved in it.

Sonowal cut short his visit to the national capital and returned to Assam Friday evening.

The chief minister announced ex-gratia amount of 5 lakh rupees to the families of the deceased, one lakh rupees to those seriously injured and free treatment to other injured.

Meanwhile, Assam Police have arrested the driver of the auto used by militants to reach Balajan Tiniali market.

Additional DGP LR Bishnoi said that three to four militants carried out the Friday’s attack.

Bishnoi said while one militant was gunned down by security forces, efforts are on to nab the remaining attackers.

He said, three additional companies of army arrived in Kokrajhar following the incident.

Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that preliminary investigations point towards the involvement of Songbijit faction of NDFB militants in the attack.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a team to the site of the incident to collect evidence. The Centre is closely monitoring the situation arising out of the Kokrajhar attack.

Rajnath Singh on Friday chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi to review internal security situation in the country.

The meeting was attended by finance minister Arun Jaitley, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor AK Doval among others.

Later in the day, Singh had another round of meeting with Doval where he was apprised about the Kokrajhar attack.

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