Kokrajhar remains tense; Assam police say area has a huge cache of illegal arms

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Curfew in the district extend for the next 36 hours as another woman was injured when fired at by suspected rebels

Ratnadip Choudhury 
Kokrajhar

The situation remained tense in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district following the deaths of at least seven people since Saturday 10 November. One woman was injured Friday evening when suspected rebels fired at her in Nolobari village, Kokrajhar district. A curfew remained in place for the second consecutive day as the Army conducted flag marches across the district.

Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury, who was in Kokrajhar on Friday to review the situation, has expressed his concern on the presence of huge number of illegal arms in the region that has added to the tension in Western Assam.

Talking to reporters, the DGP said that the security forces will intensify their drive against the illegal firearms, given the recent violence. Both the warring sides have access to these illegal firearms. The senior policeman told reporter that at least 100 automatic firearms were in said to be with the groups in the area. “The changing local dynamics resulted in the recent incidents. We are addressing them and hopefully the earlier situation will not be repeated” the DGP added.

Assam government has maintained that these recent killing are not communal in nature and are due to ‘local factors’. “Most of the incidents are isolated in nature, said the DGP.

Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Jayant Narlikar said that curfew was imposed in the whole district for the next 36 hours. A former MLA Hamendra Nath Brahma, was detained with others across the district for violating the curfew orders.

Ratnadip Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent with Tehelka. 
ratnadip@tehelka.com

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