|Bangladeshi-Muslim men raped and killed a Bodo girl.|
The riots are a result of conflict between Bodos and the Bangladeshi immigrants in Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTADC) area. Nine bodies, including those of four children and two women, were recovered from Khagrabari village under Salbari sub-division adjacent to the Manas National Park in Baksa district, sources said.
This is the third such incident of violence between Bodos and the Bangladeshi immigrants. The ones before this happened in 2008 and 2012.
“We have reports that the NDFB(S) group is responsible for these attacks. We have directed security forces to take the strongest possible action against them,” said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. The NDFB (Songbijit), however, has denied any involvement in the violence saying it is “a political conspiracy by Assam Government to trigger clashes between two communities.
|Bangladeshi-Muslims are seeping like sewage into neighboring Assam & Arakan.|
“It was a political conspiracy hatched by Assam Government to bring about a confrontation between the two victimised Bodo and Muslim communities and to resort to violence for political gain. The Assam Government and its anti-Boro agents are the mastermind behind the creation of the non-Boro, Rabha, Tiwa, Mishing and Karbi organisations”, a press statement by NDFB Secretary (Information & Publicity Wing) NE Esara said.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed and shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in the Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhubri and Baksa districts of the State.
Nine Army columns have been deployed and patrolling is going on. The Army has been staging flag marches in the violence-hit areas to instill confidence among people and to bring the situation under control. 22 people have been arrested so far.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi decided to hand over the investigation into the violence to the National Investigation Agency.
|Indian security forces guarding Bangladeshi Muslim illegal immigrants.|
The BJP has lashed out at the vote-bank politics of Congress Governments at the Centre and the State for the violence.
“The BJP strongly condemns the violence that happened yesterday leading to the loss of life of many. Those who are guilty must be apprehended,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.
|PM Manmohan Singh.|
The BJP questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, as to what he had done in the last 10 years to ensure effective law & order in the State which has seen repeated incidents of clashes between Bodos and immigrant Bangladeshis.
“The BJP would like to know from Manmohan Singh, who is representing the State for the last 24 years in Rajya Sabha, what he has done for the sanctity, good governance and effective law & order in Assam,” Prasad said.
Congress blames Modi for Assam riots
While responding to questions about the terrible riots in Assam, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Kapil Sibal chose to take a swipe at BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying Modi stands for the ‘Model of Dividing India’. He accused BJP leaders of playing the ‘communal card’ to garner votes.
|Opposition BJP Leader Modi.|
On Friday night, 12 bullet-riddled bodies, including those of five women and a child, were recovered from Nankekhadrabari and Nayanguri villages in Baksa district. Nearly 100 houses and a wooden bridge were set ablaze.
|Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants killed by native Bodo gunmen.|
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