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Normalcy returns to the violence hit areas in Assam; curfew relaxed
The law and order situation in the two violence-torn districts of Baksa & Kokrajhar of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) has been improving gradually to normalcy while no incident of terror has been reported in the last 72 hours. Curfew has been relaxed in all the three districts- Kokrajhar, Chirang & Baksa, where 32 persons lost their lives in the 3 terror attacks by the un-identified gunmen suspected to be cadres of NDFB(S).
The State Level Crisis Management Group headed by J. Khoshla, Chief Secretary, Assam met on Monday to review the arrangements made and necessary action to be taken in the coming days in the aftermath of the violence that took place in Baksa & Kokrajhar districts, according to a press statement issued by the state government. After the review, Security Forces have been directed to launch an intensive drive for recovery of illegal weapons with the assistance of Army deployed in Baksa & Kokrajhar districts in particular and BTAD in general.

In response to the request of Government of Assam, a senior officer of NIA arrived in Guwahati to finalize the modalities of taking over the investigation of cases. Another DG level officer of NIA is visiting the State Capital on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Fixed Police Pickets have been set up in the affected areas of Baksa & Kokrajhar districts to instill a sense of security amongst the affected people and to deal with any further eventuality.

According to Government sources, arrangements have been made for providing Gratuitous Relief (GR) for one month along with cloths, utensils and other items for day to day livelihood to all inmates who have taken shelter in the Relief Camp set up at Narayanguri in Baksa district. Specific arrangements have been made for providing baby food, soap & vegetable etc. besides water, sanitation and health facilities.

A team of doctors and paramedics has already been rushed to Narayanguri for extending treatment to inmates in the Relief Camps. Arrangements have been made for psychiatric treatment of traumatized adults and children at Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College & Hospital, Barpeta.

The announcement of delivering licensed arms to insecure minority people living in BTAD by Forest Minister and Government Spokesperson, Rockybul Hussain, while he was visiting the trouble-torn areas in BTAD, has created uproar among various sections in the state. Majority of people and organizations have objected the move of the minister as immature, which will incite more violence and hatred among people of different communities inhabiting in the region.

Meanwhile, the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday has nullified the controversy regarding reports on providing firearms to the violence-affected people and clarified that the State Government would not provide firearms to the violence-affected people in the BTAD areas. He said the Government would provide security cover to the people in the vulnerable areas by increasing the number of police pickets and outposts, strengthening of Village Defence Party,formingpeace committees and by taking up other security measures.

Chief Minister Gogoi said that the Government would institute a judicial inquiry by a retired judge to probe the outbreak of violence in the BTAD areas. He said that instituting the judicial inquiry would help unravel the conspiracy angle behind the incidents and bring the culprits to book. He said the Government which has already moved the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe theincidents, would leave no stone unturned to unearththe truthbehind the incidents.

On the other hand, in a bid to re-establish normalcy in Kokrajhar district, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Nitin Khade convened a meeting on Monday with local civic bodies. Representatives of almost all thepartiesincluding Congress, BPF, BPPF, BJP, CPI, All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), All Bodoland Minority Students' Union (ABMSU), All Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Bodoland Students Union (BSU) , AKRSU etc. and other socio-literary organizations, NGO members, senior citizens of the district attended the meeting. Gossaigaom MLA, Majendra Narzary and Pradeep Kumar Brahma, MLA, Kokrajhar West also attended the meeting.

Allpartiesand organizations are requested to help the district administration inrestorationof peace and tranquillity among all sections of the society, in the meeting.

(With inputs from Gobinda Nath, Kokrajhar)

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