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Assam violence toll rises to 36, curfew relaxed

The last rites of 18 of the 20 who were killed in Khagrabari village on Friday evening were carried out on Sunday, in the presence of Assam Border Areas Development Minister Siddique Ahmed. Police said the body of a seven-year-old girl was fished out from Beki river near Barpeta Road on Monday night while the body of 35-year-old woman was found on Tuesday at Baksa. (PTI)
Press Trust of India | Guwahati | Posted: May 6, 2014 5:33 pm

The death toll in the mayhem unleashed by ultras in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) has reached to 36 after two more bodies were found in trouble-torn districts of Assam, even the curfew clamped in the area was relaxed on Tuesday as no fresh violence was reported.

Police said the body of a seven-year-old girl was fished out from Beki river near Barpeta Road on Monday night while the body of 35-year-old woman was found on Tuesday at Baksa.

There were no bullet wounds on their bodies and it was suspected that they had died while attempting to flee during the attacks by NDFB(S) on Thursday last, the police said.

The curfew, which was imposed on Friday night, was relaxed from 10 AM for eight hours at Baksa, for six hours at Kokrajhar and for eight hours at Chirang district.

Meanwhile, Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued a notice to Assam government to conduct an inquiry into alleged involvement of six forest personnel in the attacks and asked it to submit the report within 45 days.

It has also initiated a suo motu case based on reports in the local media that the six forest personnel were allegedly involved in the violence that erupted in BTAD area on May 1 using departmental weapons and joined hands with certain organisations.

Several organisations like All Assam Muslim Students Union (AAMSU), BJP’s Minority Cell and CPI(ML) took out protest marches and held meetings condemning the attacks and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

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