Assam saw fresh violence on Saturday with five persons being killed in Chirang in an incident related to the Kokrajhar clashes. Two more bodies were recovered from Dhemaji,taking the toll to 94 in the recent Bodoland clashes.
While all the seven victims belonged to the minority community,those arrested included four men who recently fled from Karnataka.
The violence erupted even as Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister
R Ashoka came to Guwahati on Saturday with his police chief L Pachhau,who is of Northeast origin,to assure that Karnataka was safe.
While the bodies of the five killed in Chirang were recovered Saturday evening near village Choudhurypara,the other two were found near village Nalbari in Dhemaji district. The Dhemaji men were killed on Thursday,allegedly by youths who fled Karnataka over fears of attacks after Ramzan.
Assam Police IGP (Law & Order) L R Bishnoi said in both the incidents the culprits belonged to the Bodo community. While the five persons who were killed in Chirang had gone out of a relief camp,in the other incident where bodies were recovered,the culprits were four Bodo youths who had earlier fled from Karnataka, Bishnoi said.
In his interactions in Assam,including with youths who have returned home from Bangalore,
R Ashoka said Karnataka would ensure that every person from the Northeast who had fled the state was taken back by their employers.