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Curfew in Kokrajhar, violence escalates
Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR, Nov 15 – The Kokrajhar district administration imposed indefinite curfew and issued shoot-at-sight order in the district from 10 am today until further order in view of several incidents of sporadic violence between two particular communities which rocked the law-and-order situation. The curfew has been imposed to control and stabilize the tense situation that has been prevailing since this morning.

In view of the tension following stabbing of one vendor by some miscreants at Kokrajhar weekly bazar near Kokrajhar Police Station today around 8.45 am and killing of one youth by armed miscreants this morning around 7.30 at Telipara under Gossaigaon Police Station, the district administration of Kokrajhar has also promulgated Section 144 CrPC throughout the district.

Talking to this correspondent, GP Sing, IGP, BTAD, said that the security measures have been beefed up in the entire district and now the situation is under control. He further informed that Army has been put in place to assist the district administration and curfew has also been imposed in Kokrajhar district.

Meanwhile, BTAD IGP also held a high-level meeting with the officials of district police administration, paramilitary and Army officials to tighten security in the district to prevent violent incidents and group clashes.

It may be mentioned here that according to police sources, around 8.45 this morning a vendor Abul Kalam selling vegetables at Kokrajhar weekly bazar was attacked by

unidentified miscreants with sharp weapons and as a result Kalam was injured critically. The injured vendor immediately referred to Barpeta Medical College Hospital for treatment.

On the other hand, around 7.30 this morning some unknown miscreants shot dead one Nelson Basumatary at Telipara market under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar, police sources said. It may further be mentioned here that since November 10 more than six people were killed and several others injured by armed miscreants in Kokrajhar district.

Meanwhile, as per the direction of Chief Minister, Cabinet Minister Produt Bordoloi, Parliamentary Secretaries Rana Goswami and Bhupen Bora arrived in Kokrajhar to take stock of the situation.

They visited the spots and appealed to all to maintain peace and brotherhood among the communities. The minister also met chief of BTC, local opinion leaders and senior citizens. They also held a closed-door discussion with the high-level officials of the district administration and security forces.

Prodyut Bordoloi later said that violence is a handiwork of miscreants for vested interest and termed the incidents not a conflict between the communities. He also appealed to maintain peace and harmony in the area, warning that stern action will be taken against the miscreants who are involved in any criminal activities. APCC vice-president Dr YL Karna also visited Kokrajhar today to take stock of the situation.

ABSU and several organizations have alleged failure of State government and security forces to maintain law and order in the area.

Meanwhile, several political and non-political organizations have strongly condemned the incidents and appealed to cross sections of people to maintain peace.

PM speaks to Gogoi: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today called up Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to take stock of the trouble-torn BTAD area.

Official sources said that Gogoi briefed Dr Singh on the situation and about the steps taken by the government to bring the situation under control.

Dr Singh told Gogoi that certain forces were trying to create disturbance and such forces should be dealt with strongly, sources added.

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