The Telangana fire raged in Assam for the third consecutive day on Friday, leaving at least two people dead and 40, including 11 policemen, injured in all.
While the violence was limited to a hill district dominated by the Karbi tribals, train services were paralysed in the areas inhabited by the Bodos.
Protestors torched 12 government establishments and removed 600 metres of railway tracks as violence spread across Karbi Anglong Hills district.
The security forces opened fire on a group of protestors who attacked a police station, seeking the release of some leaders of the Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), spearheading the statehood movement demanding the upgrading of Karbi Anglong, an autonomous district in central Assam, to a state.
KSA president Laiseng Engleng and seven other leaders were arrested on Thursday for allegedly inciting violence that led to the death of two persons, one of them, a teenager, in police firing. At least 15 people included 11 policemen were injured in Friday’s violence, adding to the 35 during the last two days.
A senior district police officer said: “We have imposed indefinite curfew and additional forces have been deployed while the army staged a flag march.”
The All Bodo Students’ Union, which wants a similar deal for four districts administered by the Bodoland Territorial Council in western and north-central Assam, has called a shutdown from August 5 to 7.