The situation in Assams Karbi Anglong district,which witnessed large-scale violence Wednesday over the demand for a separate hill state,continued to be critical Thursday.
Mobs set fire to several government offices and damaged railway tracks near curfew-bound Diphu,cutting the Guwahati-Dibrugarh link. Police fired at several places in the town. The All India Radio station in Diphu also came under attack but timely arrival of security forces prevented miscreants from setting it afire.
While the miscreants ransacked the AIR station,a Prasar Bharati van was set ablaze. Violence spread to new areas of Bokajan,Dilai,Hidipi,Dengaon and Kheroni today. Miscreants blocked roads,disrupting movement of police and fire brigade. At several places,police had to open fire to disperse mobs armed with sticks and clubs, P K Buragohain,deputy commissioner of the hill districts,said.
Miscreants also set fire to Rangsina Bhavan,the branch office and tribal research centre of Asam Sahitya Sabha in Diphu,while a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office was set on fire at Sariyahjan,about 10 km from Diphu.
A PWD office,a veterinary sub-centre,and an inspection bungalow of the irrigation department were burnt at Kheroni,sources said.
Meanwhile,a 36-hour bandh called by All Koch-Rajbangshi Students Union demanding a separate Kamatapur state affected life in several districts in lower Assam.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,however,ruled out division of Assam. Assam is a state of numerous ethnic groups and communities and the government is in favour of all living together, he said.
Asom Gana Parishad president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said: We oppose further division of Assam. It will not help development of the people.