Curfew imposed in Assam after Militants kill 23
News4u-News Desk- At least 23 persons, including children and women have been killed and 14 seriously injured by heavily armed NDFB(S) militants in two communally-sensitive districts of Kokrajhar and Baksa of Assam since Thursday night.
Shoot-at-sight was ordered tonight in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts, falling under Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTAD) area, which bore the brunt of the violence, while indefinite curfew imposed in Chirang district, also under BTAD, as a precautionary measure, police sources said.
Curfew went into force from 6pm Friday to 4am Saturday in Baksa district’s Salbari subdivision and pockets of Mushalpur and Tamulpur subdivisions.
A group of 40 NDFB-Songbijit militants, armed with AK-47 rifles, swooped down on Balapara-I village in Kokrajhar district in the early hours on Friday and fired indiscriminately entering three houses one after another killing seven persons on the spot, police said.
IGP L R Bishnoi said that two children and four women of the minority community were among the seven persons gunned down.
The body of a three-year-old child also killed in the attack was recovered from the area later Monday morning, police said, adding, 13 persons there were also seriously injured.
Later on Friday night, 12 bullet-riddled bodies, including of five women and a child, were recovered from Nankekhadrabari and Nayanguri villages in Baksa district, police officials said.
At least 70 houses of the minority community were torched on the banks of Beki river near the Manas National Park in the district, IGP (Lawa and Order) S N Singh said.
Friday’s attack followed the one by the militants last night when three members of a family, including two women, were shot dead and an infant seriously injured in neighbouring Baksa district last night.
The militants carried out the crime after entering the house near Ananda Bazar area in Baksa district also within BTAD, the police said.
The army’s help has been sought to deal with the situation and troops were staging flag marches to instill confidence among the locals in the violence-affected places and to bring the situation under control, the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) said in a statement on Friday.
Centre orders strong action against NDFB(S) militants
The Centre has directed security forces to take strong action against NDFB militants who killed 11 people in Assam and vowed to foil any attempt by the group to instigate communal riots.
“We have directed the security forces to take strong action against the NDFB militants responsible for the killing of 11 people, including three children. They are instigating people to indulge in riots. We will not allow this to happen,” Joint Secretary (North-East) in the Home Ministry Shambhu Singh told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.
Singh said the NDFB-Songbijit group wants to create communal violence in Assam so that it can re-group and strengthen its cadre by taking advantage of the situation as focus of the security forces would divert if there are riots.
“We have asked the state government to ensure communal peace in Assam is not disturbed,” he said.