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Antony to visit Assam, no violence since last night

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 16:52 IST
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Defence Minister AK Antony will take stock of the situation in strife-torn Assam on Tuesday following the killing of Hindi-speaking migrants even as no fresh incidents of ULFA violence were reported from Upper Assam since Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Sadou Asom Bhojpuri Yuba Chatra Parishad, comprising local Bihari residents who have lived in the state for generations, have called for a state-wide bandh beginning at 5 am on Wednesday, its vice president Ravindra Sahani said.

BJP president Rajnath Singh is arriving in the state on Tuesday to visit the violence-hit Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

Defence Minister AK Antony and Army chief Gen JJ Singh were scheduled to chair a meet of top commanders of the Army's 4 Corps at Tezpur, responsible for anti-insurgency operations in the state.

The meeting, likely to be attended by Nagaland-based 3 Corps commander Lt Gen MS Dadwal, will take stock of the situation in Assam.

While the indefinite curfew in Tinsukia subdivision continued, prohibitory orders imposed in Dibrugarh city on Monday were withdrawn on Monday night as there was no untoward incident in the city.

The ULFA continued its wanton killings in Upper Assam for the fourth day on Monday gunning down 69 persons and injuring over 50.

Extending their violent activities from Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Golaghat to Guwahati on Monday, the insurgent outfit also triggered two bombs blasts near the Army cantonment in Narengi area in Guwahati injuring 11 others, including two CRPF men seriously.