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Army called in after two more deaths in Kokrajhar

Violence continues in Kokrajhar

Guwahati: Army has staged flag march in Kokrajhar town while indefinte curfew was clamped in the entire Kokrajhar district under Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTC) area in Assam following two fresh incidents of murder in the district on Thursday morning.

A senior police official informed that an unidentified miscreant shot dead one Nelson Basumatary, a petty businessman, at Telepara under Gossaingaon police station of Gossaingaon sub-division of Kokrajhar district at around 7:30am on Thursday while in another incident one trader Abul Kalam was stabbed to death at Kokrajhar Weekly market at Kokrajhar town at around 8:45 am creating panic among traders and market goers.

As both the incidents precepitated tension in the area the district administration imposed indefinite curfew in the entire Kokrajhar district to prevent further incidents of violence.

The Army was called out in no time to stage flag march and assist the administration in maintaining law and order in the district that was still recovering from the spell of communal riot that swept past the BTC area in July this year rendering over 4.70 lakh people homeless while over 100 were killed.

The death toll due to fresh incidents of violence in Kokrajhar district since November 10 last has gone up to six while the toll for the entire BTC has mounted to eight following the two deaths on Wednesday.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has rushed the parliamentary secretaries for home department, Rana Goswami and Bhupen Bora to monitor the action taken by the administration in the BTC to contain spread of violence in the area while Additional DGP (Law and Order) AP Raut has been deputed to the area to supervise the police operation.

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