5 more found dead in Assam, CM Gogoi warns ally
As many as 41 people are now dead in violence unleashed by Bodo militants in two trouble-torn districts since May 2.india Updated: May 07, 2014 15:08 IST
Five more bodies were recovered on Wednesday morning from two trouble-torn districts of Assam, taking the toll in the violence unleashed by Bodo militants to 41.
Rattled by the large-scale violence, chief minister Tarun Gogoi threatened to snap ties with the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) if allegations of the Hagrama Mohilary-led party's involvement in killing Muslims are found to be true.
The bodies, which were recovered from Beki river that flows from Baksa district, are yet to be identified. The bodies include that of a 10-year-old girl bearing bullet injuries on her head.
"Officially, we have not identified the bodies yet but the families have identified them to be from the affected areas," Baksa deputy commissioner Vinod Seshan said.
"However, identification has to be done to ascertain whether these are the victims of the attack in Narayanguri and Hagrabari villages," Seshan told PTI.
A team of 40 NDRF personnel, which reached the spot on Tuesday, started their operation from this morning to fish out more bodies from the Beki river.
Suspected NDFB(S) militants had unleashed violence in the two districts of Baksa and Kokrajhar on May 2.
Gogoi visited violence-hit Baksa and Kokrajhar districts and assured the people that his government would provide them security.
Official sources said Gogoi visited the victims in some of the relief camps, including Balapara.
"I will sever all ties with BPF if they are actually involved in the killing of Muslims. It will not take even 5 minutes for me," Gogoi told reporters.
He added that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is probing the incidents while the state government is also separately enquiring the massacre, he added.
On the demand for dissolving the BTAD, Gogoi said, "I cannot comment on that as it was created by the Centre and is a constitutional issue."
People lodged in relief camps told him that the surrendered BLT militants were involved in the attack on them with the alleged help of forest guards, sources said.
Although the state government has put the blame for the twin attack on the banned NDFB(S), the affected people claimed it was an act of revenge by Congress' alliance partner BPF, which governs Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).
The wailing victims also wanted the villages to be provided with licensed arms for their protection and demanded that their areas be separated from the autonomous BTAD administered by former BLT leaders who have now formed the BPF, sources said.
With no fresh incident reported, the administration has relaxed the indefinite curfew in worst-hit Baksa district for eight hours from 8 am, in Kokrajhar district for seven hours from 10 am and the prohibitory order as a preventive measure in Chirang district for 13 hours from 5 am.