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Assam violence: death toll climbs to 65

india Updated: Aug 07, 2012 12:45 IST

Four more persons fell victim to the fresh wave of violence in lower Assam districts, triggering protest by locals who blocked National Highway 31 at Beltoli on the Kokrajhar-Dhubri border on Tuesday.

With four more people being killed, the death toll in the ethnic violence in Assam has climbed to 65.

In the worst-affected Kokrajhar district, three persons were killed and two others injured when some persons opened fire on a group of people at Ranibuli village late last night.

The two injured were rushed to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.

Assam IGP (Law and Order) L R Bishnoi told PTI here that the dead belong to Lakhiganj in Dhubri district.

To protest the killing of the three persons who allegedly belong to the minority community, a group of 500 people blocked National Highway 31 at Beltoli.

Indefinite curfew has been reimposed in Kokrajhar district while round-the-clock curfew continues in neighbouring Chirang district where one more body was found early this morning.

The body was recovered from a field in Rajapara area, senior police officials said.

A few houses were burnt down in Chirang but the timely action of police prevented any major violence last night, Bishnoi said. A person has been arrested in this connection.

"Security arrangements are in place to ensure that no more untoward incidents occur," Assam Police IGP (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) S N Singh said on Tuesday.