Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Jul 26, 2012, 09:48 AM IST
Kokrajhar: After six days of ethnic strife in Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also likely to visit Kokrajhar on July 28. The prime minister is an MP from Assam.
One more person was killed in police firing during clashes between minority immigrants and Bodos in lower Assam's Dhubri district even as fresh violence in Baksa district left four persons seriously injured on Thursday.
Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders continued in worst-affected Kokrajhar district where 25 persons have lost their lives while night curfew is on in Chirang, which accounted for 15 deaths, and Dhubri where one person was killed.
IGP (law & order) LR Bishnoi said on Thursday that one person was killed in police firing during violence between two warring groups in Dhubri district on Wednesday night to take the death toll in the ethnic strife to 41.
In Baksa district, neighbouring strife-torn Chirang, four persons were seriously injured in the wee hours when some persons opened fired at Musolpur.
Official sources said the incident might be a fall-out of the raging violence which has gripped lower Assam.
Around 1,000 personnel of the Indian Army continued to stage flag march in the four violence-hit districts of Assam on Wednesday following a clash between Bodos and Muslims which has claimed 41 lives.
"13 columns of troops have been mobilised to enforce peace in violence-hit areas of Kokrajhar, Chiranguri, Dhubri and Bongaigaon in Assam. The troops are also carrying out flag marches in these areas and no incident of violence have been reported since yesterday," Army said in Delhi.
These 13 columns have been equipped with riot control gear to meet all eventualities, the officials said.
"Three columns have been put on reserve to meet any eventuality," they said.
Besides conducting anti-riot drills, Army troops are also carrying out regular and routine counter terrorism and counter insurgency (CI/CT) operations in these areas.
"Most of these areas are infested with terrorism and insurgent groups are still active there. We have to ensure that the situation does not escalate there while keeping out CI/CT drills intact," they said.
On the sixth day of the ethnic violence, more than 2 lakh people are taking shelter in relief camps while 11 are still missing.
Over 120 relief camps have been established by the state government in several areas for around 70,000 people who have left their villages in search of a safe place.
These camps are being guarded by central paramilitary force (CPMF) personnel round the clock to ensure the safety of people there.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to visit the affected areas later in the day. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also likely to visit Kokrajhar on July 28.
Several meetings were being conducted by the state government to assess the situation in these areas and security forces have been asked to remain on high alert.
(With PTI inputs)