Assam violence: CM Tarun Gogoi seeks CBI probe.

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assam-violence-curfewAug 8, Guwahati: Violence has returned to the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts. An irate mob on Tuesday blocked National Highway 31, at Beltoli, on the Kokrajhar-Dhubri border, following the death of three people on Monday night. Indefinite curfew has been re-imposed in the Kokrajhar, the epicentre of violence.

The Assam government has requested the Centre to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over all 309 cases registered in connection with the ongoing violence in Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon districts.

Armed miscreants gunned down three persons and injured two in a midnight attack in the Ranijuli area in Kokrajhar district and one body was recovered in Chirang district on Monday. Fresh violence prompted the Kokrajhar district administration to re-impose an indefinite curfew.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told journalists here on Tuesday that the CBI probe was sought as the government suspected the hand of internal and external forces. “External forces have all along been trying to create trouble in Assam although it is difficult to substantiate it,” he said. He did not elaborate.

Mr. Gogoi said he sought a CBI probe earlier too when the then Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, visited the violence-hit districts on July 30. “However, he had some reservations,” said Mr. Gogoi. Gogoi expressed concern over the killings and asked chief secretary NK Das to take steps to curb violence. “We cannot allow the situation to deteriorate further,” Gogoi said.

“I wanted a CBI probe on the very first day, but then home minister P Chidambaram had some reservations about handing over the probe to the CBI,” said Gogoi. “We suspect the involvement of several forces in the clash and want the CBI to get to the bottom of the case. External forces have always been here to disturb peace and it is difficult to identify these elements. Internal forces don’t want the inmates of relief camps to return to homes. I have asked police to find out if the NDFB is involved,” Gogoi added.

He said the death toll reached 73 with reports of fresh killings and the recovery of more bodies in the past one week. “We still have more missing persons,” he said. Apart from the deaths in violence, 15 people, including seven children, have died due to ill-health at relief camps.

The fresh killings took place in Kokrajhar, hours after an all-party meeting was held at Kokrajhar DC’s office on Monday to bring back peace in the district. Three persons were killed and two injured when miscreants opened fire on Muslims at Ranighuli, along the Kokrajhar-Dhubri district border, on Monday morning.

The Army continued flag marches in the morning in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts.

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