Assam riots death toll touches 17
Posted on: 06:58 AM IST Jul 23, 2012
New Delhi: The death toll in the riots at Assam's Kokrajhar district has now reached 17. Police have intensified patrols after reports that the clashes between locals and immigrants was now spreading to Chirang district.
A 14-year-old boy, Zakir Ali, was stoned to death by unidentified persons in Narabari area of Kokrajhar Road, the sources said.
Four cadres of former insurgent outfit Bodo Liberation Tigers were shot dead by unidentified persons at Joypur area under Kokrajhar police station of Kokrajhar district on Saturday night, the sources said.
Four others were injured in Kodalduha area in an armed attack, they said. Curfew was clamped on the town from Saturday noon and section 144 CRPC imposed in the district with the army deployed in sensitive places, the sources said.
Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary urged Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to send more forces to the BTC area.
Appealing to the people to maintain peace and harmony he alleged that the disturbances was a 'political conspiracy to defame the Bodo people'. Mohilary said any attempt to break communal harmony would be seriously dealt with.
With additional information from PTI