Guwahati: There was an uneasy calm in Assam's Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts after 32 people were killed in attacks blamed on National Democratic Font of Bodoland militants. There were no reports of fresh violence, but curfew remains in force in the affected areas.
Fifty three companies of central para-military forces, 14 Army columns were deployed in the affected areas. The Tarun Gogoi led-state government, which was facing the Opposition's fire for its handling of the situation, has recommended a NIA probe in the attacks.
According to the police, heavily armed NDFB militants fired indiscriminately in the Balapara village of Kokrajhar on Friday morning killing 8 people on the spot. Later, 12 bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from the Baksa district. On Thursday night, three members of a family were shot dead in Baksa. On Saturday, nine more bodies were recovered taking the toll to 32.
Heavily armed NDFB-S militants had gunned down 18 persons on Friday night and torched over 100 houses since the militant outfit started its mayhem against a minority community in the BTAD's twin districts of Baksa and Kokrajhar from May 1.
Altogether 32 people were killed in the violence, several others injured and thousands rendered homeless in the violence-hit districts.
(With additional information from PTI)