Ahmed in Udalguri, more bodies found

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Guwahati, Oct 8 (UNI) Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed today visited the violence affected Udalguri and Darrang districts of Assam, where the toll has gone up to 60 following recovery of more bodies from the remote areas.

Meanwhile, the situation in the riot-torn North Assam was limping back to normal with no reports of fresh violence coming in from any part while politicians from outside the state are making a beeline.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told newspersons here today that there were no reports of violence since yesterday and strict vigil had been stepped up in every part of the state.7 He also assured that there would be no leniency in punishing the criminals.

However, despite no reports of any untoward incident since yesterday in Darrang and Udalguri districts, the tension was evident.

Assam DGP R N Mathur said 47 people had lost their lives in this round of communal violence between immigrant Muslim settlers and indigenous people of the state.

''I have been in constant touch with the respective district administrations and security forces and asked them not to be complacent and lenient and deal with an iron hand against those forces trying to engineer rift among the communities and against those spreading rumours to fuel violence. I have also asked them to take preventive measures so that the violence does not spread to new areas,'' Mr Gogoi said.

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