Bangladesh immigrants attack Bodo tribals, durga puja idols, Pakistan flag spotted
Posted by jagoindia on October 4, 2008
Communal violence in Guwahati, toll hits 15
Guwahati, October 05, 2008, Hindustan Times
The army staged flag marches in Guwahati’s Udalguri and Darrang districts on Saturday as the death toll in the communal violence between the immigrant settlers of Bangladeshi origin, mainly Muslims, and Bodo tribal members went up to 15.
Eight bodies were recovered from Bhakatgaon and Sonaripara villages of Udalguri district on Saturday.
The two districts continued to remain tense with fresh reports of violence and rioting.
Miscreants set ablaze 60 houses in Jhongapara and 40 others in Dingdong Para villages in Udalguri district.
Reports of houses being torched were also received from Bhakatpara and Garobasti area, both under the Dhula police station.
In Darang district, violence spread to new areas after a mob of the immigrant Muslim settlers allegedly targeted vehicles carrying Durga Puja idols.
The settlers also allegedly torched houses of a linguistic minority in Darrang district’s Dhula and Kharupetia areas.
“Situation in Darrang district is very tense. Besides police and CRPF, the Army was also deployed in several sensitive areas,” said Darrang deputy commissioner Dhruba Hazarika.
A red alert has been sounded in both the violence-affected districts.
The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) demanded that the Udalguri district be handed over to the Army.
The Assam government has already transferred Udalguri deputy commissioner George Basumatary and suspended SP Vijay Kulligam for “their failure to tackle the situation”.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who reviewed the situation of both the districts, has ordered stern action against culprits.
October 04, 2008 11:04 IST
Assam: Communal violence toll 10
Eight burnt bodies were found on Saturday from two Bodo villages taking the toll in the ongoing group clash to 10 in Udalguri district where a shoot-at-sight order was on, official sources said.
The bodies were found from Sonaripara and Jhargaon villages, under Udalguri police station, which were attacked in the wee hours by illegal Bangladeshi migrants with bows and arrows. Several houses of a neighbouring village were also torched, the sources said.
On Friday, two bodies were found from a village under Rowta police station even as incidents of arson and looting in neighbouring Darrang district forced the administration to impose curfew in Dalgaon and Dhola on Friday and in Udalguri on Saturday, they said.
Meanwhile, media personnel saw a Pakistani flag atop a pole in Sonaripara village and took photographs of it. Local television channels also ran footage of the foreign flag.
Officials and security forces, however, denied any knowledge of the presence of that flag.
Over 25 serious burn injury victims were shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital, while others were admitted to local hospitals.
The army had been deployed to assist the district administration and additional security forces were rushed there to maintain peace. The army men also flag-marched in various areas.
Fleeing their homes in panic, thousands of Bodos have taken shelter in relief camps set up by the administration in five places, the sources added.
The state cabinet on Saturday met in Guwahati to review the situation in Udalguri and Darrang districts. Home Minister Rockybul Hussain has rushed to the disturbed areas.
Trouble started on Thursday after a group of people belonging to the minority community allegedly stole some cattle from the Bodo-dominated Mohanpur village. The villagers attacked them and clashes followed.
The violence then spread to Darrang district, where over 30 houses were burnt down and several injured at Besimari and Balabari villages, under Dalgaon police station prompting the police to fire in the air to disperse a marauding mob and the district administration to impose indefinite curfew.