The situation in Kokrajhar district of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) remained unchanged on Saturday even as an indefinite curfew continued. The army staged a flag march in many areas of the troubled district, which has been witnessing a spurt in violence since November 10.
On Friday, four persons including a 10-year-old child and a woman were killed, while two others were injured when miscreants opened fire on a house in Jiagur.
A woman who got caught in a shootout in Kokrajhar's Nalbari village on Friday evening succumbed to her injuries at Gauhati Medical College Hospital on Saturday morning. With this, the death toll in renewed violence in Kokrajhar district has risen to 11. All the victims of Friday's violence belonged to a religious minority community.
The Assam government, after getting directives from the Centre, intensified its drive against illegal arms in the district. On Saturday morning, Mano Kumar Brahma, a leader of Bodoland People's Front (BPF) and executive member of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was arrested.
"The police has launched an operation to seize illegal arms. Mano Kumar Brahma has been arrested for possession of illegal arms", said GD Tripathy, Assam's home secretary.
Police recovered two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and 60 rounds of live cartridges from the Brahma's house. He was produced at the CJM court, Kokrajhar, which remanded him in two days police custody. Police also cordoned off the house of another member of the BTC, Derhasat Basumatary. There are allegations of violence against other executive members of the BTC.
Tripathy said that Assam government had requested the Centre for 10 more companies of paramilitary forces for the drive against illegal arms.
The state home department issued fresh directives withdrawing all AK series rifles from the personal security officers of the EMs of the BTC, replacing these with carbines and SLRs.