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Protests continue, Assam Nagaland National Highway blocked

Aug 21, 2014 08:40 AM IST India India
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Guwahati: There is no breakthrough yet in the violence along the Assam-Nagaland border where students of the Asamese Adivasi community have blocked the national highway 36 in protest. The Army's help has been sought to control the situation.

Three people were killed and six had been injured in clashes on Wednesday when a mob tried to set ablaze the deputy commissioner's office and a police station and targeted a hospital, after which indefinite curfew was clamped in the areas. Earlier, too, nine people from Nagaland were allegedly killed by armed groups in Assam last week.

The mob was protesting against Tuesday's police action at Rangajon where people were allegedly dragged out of their homes and beaten up, besides rubber pellets fired injuring 22 persons. Protests were also against the alleged failure of the state government to protect people living on Assam-Nagaland border at Uriamghat against the attack by alleged miscreants from Nagaland killing nine persons and rendering over 10,000 homeless on August 12.

Seeking immediate intervention, Opposition Asom Gana Parishad on Wednesday had sent letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. They have called for a 12-hour Assam bandh on Thursday in protest against the police brutality. Though essential services have been exempted from the bandh's purview.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also sought a report from the Home Ministry on the ongoing clashes.

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