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Curfew in four towns of Assam

ARMY TODAY patrolled the trouble-torn upper Assam?s Tinsukia district as curfew was clamped in four towns following last night?s violence that took at least 10 lives, official sources said.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 12:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

ARMY TODAY patrolled the trouble-torn upper Assam’s Tinsukia district as curfew was clamped in four towns following last night’s violence that took at least 10 lives, official sources said.

There were reports of sporadic violence but the situation was under control as the Army, CRPF and the Assam Police have beefed up security in all vulnerable points.

Curfew was imposed in four towns and shoot-at-sight was ordered, the troops marched the trouble-torn areas to restore law and order.

Superintendent of Police Debojit Hazarika confirmed that ten people had been killed in yesterday’s mayhem, including a CRPF jawan stoned to death by a mob. The violence lasted nearly six hours till past midnight. However the ULFA claimed thirteen people were killed. Political crisis spiralled as the PCG (People’s Consultative Group) has threatened to back out from the peace negotiation in the state.

The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and All Assam Students Union (AASU) called state-wide bandh on successive days from Monday. ULFA representative People Consultative Group (PCG) has threatened to walkout if the guilty’ army personnel were not punished.

The PCG said that both the Central and Assam governments must halt army operations and ‘violation of human rights’ in the state.PCG leader M Mohanta and spokesman Arup Borbora in a joint statement said they have taken serious exception to the high handed army and police action killing innocent people, including women and children, who were protesting against the killing of a villager by the army.

“In view of such action, the state and Central governments should immediately stop army operation in the state. Or else the PCG will be compelled to withdraw itself from the ongoing discussions with the government,” they said.

Meanwhile visiting Congress leader Sonia Gandhi spoke to Defence Minister Pranab Mukharjee to find out the guilty and protect the innocent. GOC-Eastern Command Lt General Arvind Sharma today rushed to Dinjan, the headquarters of the Division that control upper Assam.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the Army had already started investigation. He also offered job and education to the family members of the victims of the army atrocities.

The CPI, AGP and BJP have separately demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Minister holding him responsible for the incident. In Tinsukia district an army convoy at Chabua was attacked but the troop fired in the air to scare them.

There were no traffic on the National Highway 52 and Arunachal Pradesh remained cut off for the fourth day today. The PCG alleged that the incident of firing on civilians at Kakopathar and Makum in Tinsukia on Friday was ‘squarely opposed to the undertaking given by the Centre on February 7 in Delhi to initiate confidence building measures’.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 12:44 IST