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Assam violence: Relatives refuse to bury dead bodies

Posted on May 04 2014 | IBNS

Guwahati, May 4 : As the death toll in the killings by suspected NDFB (S) militants in two districts of Assam rose to 32 on Saturday, relatives of those killed in the violence have refused to bury the dead in Baksa district, reports said on Sunday.

The relatives are now demanding that state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visit the violence-hit region. The region is once again witnessing spiralling violence and ethnic tension between the Bodos and the Bengali speaking Muslims.

A curfew has been imposed, along with shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts.

Meanwhile, Gogoi has asked for a probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the violence by Bodo militant group NDFB(S).

The Army has been called in to control the situation after the killings were unleashed by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction).

The bodies were recovered from Narayanguri and Nonkesh Hagribari village in Baska district adjoining the Manas National Park.

Seven people were killed in the wee hours on Friday in Kokrajhar district of the state in indiscriminate firing by the militants while three others were killed in Baska on Thursday.

The region had witnessed widespread ethnic violence two years ago between the Muslims and Bodos.

While over 100 people died in the violence in 2012, countless people were rendered homeless.

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