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After Calm, Fresh Violence in Lower Assam
Guwahati: Fresh violence broke out in lower Assam Sunday after four bodies were found taking the toll in the ethnic clashes to 62.
A blast was reported near Goreswar in Baska district in which three persons were injured, while an indefinite curfew has been imposed in Chirang district.
Two bodies were found in Chirang and the other two were found in adjoining Kokrajhar district.
The fresh incidents of violence happened days after calm was restored in the Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council (BTAC) as tribal people accused Muslims of killing indigenous Bodo youths.
Baska is the fourth district that comes under the BTAC.
The violence that began on July 20 had left 58 dead and 350,000 homeless, who are now in relief camps.
Trouble began Saturday evening when autorickshaw drivers Aamir Ali and Mahidul Islam from Bongaigaon district went missing in Kokrajhar.
A mob blocked National Highway 31 in adjoining Chirang and started pelting stones when their bodies were recovered from Champabati river Sunday morning.
A government-run transport bus was damaged while the driver and conductor were injured.
Chirang district was already tense over recovery of two bodies in Borlao village earlier in the morning.
Local sources said the two were among the three persons who had left a relief camp under Bijni police station yesterday without informing authorities. The dead included a man and his son.
Authorities in Chirang had managed to send back around 20,000 people to their villages from relief camps.
Additional reinforcements of police and paramilitary forces have been rushed to the area.
Meanwhile Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, former Archbishop of Guwahati visited the camps in Gossaigaon and Soraibil in Kokrajhar district. As an experienced campaigner on peace-relief-rehabilitation initiatives during the 1996 and 1998 Bodo-Santhal ethnic clashes, his visit to the area bears significance.
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