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Indefinite curfew in Kokrajhar: Authorities

Posted on Nov 15, 06:33PM | UNI

Indefinite curfew was today clamped in Kokrajhar district of Assam's Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) and Army called in as tension soared following fresh incidents of firing and stabbing this morning, authorities said.

The curfew, which was initially clamped in Kokrajhar town and Gossaigaon subdivision this morning, was later extended to the entire district.

IGP (BTAD) GP Singh said the curfew was clamped as a preventive measure and the situation, though tense, was under control.

The army was also requisitioned this morning and the military personnel staged a flag march in the district, he added.

The IGP said the security forces were on alert and close vigil was being kept to thwart any miscreant activity.

As many as 26 people have been picked up from various places in BTAD so far and operation has been launched to seize all illegal weapons.

In the latest violence in the district, one person was shot dead in Gossaigaon subdivision this morning, while another was stabbed and seriously injured in Kokrajhar town.

Violence has been recurring in BTAD since November 10 and at least four people have been killed so far in this spurt of violence.

The BTAD had witnessed ethnic violence in July-end, when close to 100 people were killed and over 4.50 lakh displaced.