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Communal violence toll hits 15

india Updated: Oct 05, 2008 00:25 IST
Digambar Patowary

The army staged flag marches in Guwahati's Udalguri and Darrang districts on Saturday as the death toll in the communal violence between the immigrant settlers of Bangladeshi origin, mainly Muslims, and Bodo tribal members went up to 15.

Eight bodies were recovered from Bhakatgaon and Sonaripara villages of Udalguri district on Saturday.

The two districts continued to remain tense with fresh reports of violence and rioting.

Miscreants set ablaze 60 houses in Jhongapara and 40 others in Dingdong Para villages in Udalguri district.

Reports of houses being torched were also received from Bhakatpara and Garobasti area, both under the Dhula police station.

In Darang district, violence spread to new areas after a mob of the immigrant Muslim settlers allegedly targeted vehicles carrying Durga Puja idols.

The settlers also allegedly torched houses of a linguistic minority in Darrang district's Dhula and Kharupetia areas.

“Situation in Darrang district is very tense. Besides police and CRPF, the Army was also deployed in several sensitive areas,” said Darrang deputy commissioner Dhruba Hazarika.

A red alert has been sounded in both the violence-affected districts.

The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) demanded that the Udalguri district be handed over to the Army.

The Assam government has already transferred Udalguri deputy commissioner George Basumatary and suspended SP Vijay Kulligam for “their failure to tackle the situation”.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who reviewed the situation of both the districts, has ordered stern action against culprits.