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Assam violence: Govt seeks CBI probe

Under attack for its improper handling of anti-Bihari violence, Assam Govt has decided to seek a CBI probe into the incidents.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2003 20:07 IST

Under attack for its alleged improper handling of anti-Bihari violence which left 56 people dead, Assam Government has decided to seek a CBI probe into the incidents.

"We have decided for the CBI probe because if the state government was to conduct the probe then the opposition parties would allege that it was one-sided," Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday.

"We will be writing soon to the Centre for a CBI probe as all the facts should be revealed as to who was responsible for the attacks," he said.

Rieterating that the carnage took place due to lack of sufficient security force, Gogoi said of late 15 more companies of para military force had arrived which raised the strength to 125 companies in the state.

"Had the para military forces been present here earlier we could have perhaps avoided such unfortunate incidents," he said.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 19:27 IST