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Assam wants CBI probe into Kakopathar incidents

A protest over the death of an ULFA man in Army custody and subsequent firing in the area had led to nine deaths.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 18:35 IST

The Assam government has asked the Centre to order a CBI probe into the Kakopathar incident that resulted in the death of nine persons on February 10.

A protest and a subsequent firing had taken place following the death of a suspected ULFA personnel Ajit Mahanta while in army custody.

"The government wants a CBI probe to unravel the truth behind the incidents", chief minister Tarun Gogoi said.

In view of the latest decision, the government revoked its earlier decision for ordering a judicial probe into the incidents, Gogoi said.

The government stand for a CBI probe assumes significance with Gogoi maintaining that Asom Gana Parishad had provoked the villagers of Kakopathar for the violent protests.

He had dared the opposition, including the BJP, to call for a CBI probe, and alleged that parties were not pressing for such a demand fearing that "truth" (of their involvement) would be revealed.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 18:35 IST