The month-long clashes between Bodo tribals and immigrant Muslims in Assam's Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts spread to two other districts of Kamrup and Baska on Thursday even as Karnataka and Maharashtra saw an exodus of north-easterners after reported threats.
In the strife torn Kokrajhar district, nine persons were injured when miscreant lobbed a petrol bomb on a tempo traveller at Gossaigaon at 12.30pm on Thursday.The 12 persons - three of them are missing - of minority community were returning to their native village.
In Guwahati, meanwhile, the state government decided to send four ministers to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on Friday.
The Gogoi government is facing criticism for not taking serious initiatives with the Centre on security and safety of Assamese students and professionals in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Violence spread to Kamrup (rural) where an irate mob set ablaze a bus on NH 31 at Bhatkuchi in Rangiya, following which curfew was clamped in the region.
On Wednesday late night, a Nano car was set ablaze by miscreants at Gandhibari under Kaurbaha police station in Baska district under BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District). The driver of the car has been missing since the incident.
As the news spread to Rangiya, villagers there blocked NH 31 on Thursday morning. They alleged the driver had been shot dead at Kaurbaha in Baska district.
At Kekahati, miscreant burnt down a wooden bridge.
"Situation in Rangiya and Baska is tense but under control. We have deployed security personnel in vulnerable areas," said LR Visnoi, IG (Law and order) of Assam police.