Guwahati: Nine more bodies were recovered on Saturday from violence-hit Baksa district of lower Assam, taking the toll to 32. The Army has been called in and curfew imposed in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts of Assam after attacks by National Democratic Front of Bodoland militants.
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.
Shoot-at-sight orders were imposed on Friday night in both districts, falling under the Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTAD) area, which bore the brunt of the violence, police sources said.
The Army's help has been sought to deal with the situation and troops were staging flag marches to instil 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.
A group of 40 NDFB-Songbijit militants, armed with AK-47 rifles, swooped down on the 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 LR 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 on Friday morning, police said, adding, 13 persons there were also seriously injured.
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) SN Singh said.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday held a law and order meeting with top civil and police officials here and instructed the Assam Police to firmly deal with the situation. The ruling Congress, opposition BJP, AGP, All Minority Students Union (AMSU), All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU), All Assam Students Union (AASU) and several other organisations have condemned the killings and urged the people to maintain peace.
(With additional information from PTI)