Violence spreads in Assam;Veerappa Moily to assess situation

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Guwahati, Nov 29 (UNI) Sporadic violence continued to rock Assam for the sixth day today, even as the Congress sent its state in-charge to assess the situation following Saturday's violence.

This morning trouble erupted in Jorhat, Sivsagar and Golaghat districts of Upper Assam as thousands of Adivasis from neighbouring tea estates protested in front of the Deputy Commisisoner's office.

Another two thousand Adivasis from the tea estates tried to approach Jorhat town, but were stopped by the police who fired teargas shells near Titabor, home town of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

The incident caused tension and all shops and business establishment closed down. However, police were maintaining strict vigil.

Meanwhile, the Congress today rushed in state in-charge Veerappa Moily to assess the situation following Saturday's violence between locals and Adivasis which claimed one life and injured two hundred.

Late last night the Adivasis attacked a marriage party, burnt a bus and injured 12 people, including the bride and groom, near Kokrajhar in lower Assam when the bus was travelling from Siliguri.

There were reports of clashes from Chabua, Tengakhat, Kalain and Rangapara. All are from different corners of the state, indicating that retaliatory violence was spreading.

Security arrangements had been tightened but tension continued.

Curfew in the Ranagapara town had been continuing although the Adivasi mob had dispersed.

Though there was no bandh today, after four days of disruption, normality was yet to return in most of the district towns.

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