Assam: One killed, many injured in strike-day violence

Guwahati, Aug 29: Flames of ethnic conflict spread to new areas of Assam during the 12-hour strike called by the All Assam Minority Students' Union (AAMSU) and many other minority organisations on Tuesday, reported The Economic Times on Wednesday. One person was killed while several others were injured during the strife. Barpeta deputy commissioner said curfew had been imposed in the town. Curfew was also imposed in Tezpur and Naogaon. One person was critically injured in Tezpur when he tried to resist the bandh supporters from closing down shops by force.

Several houses were set on fire while media persons were also attacked by supporters of the strike.

Meanwhile, the state police registered a case against the Facebook account of Badruddin Ajmal, Chief of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), for allegedly spreading inflammatory messages. The authorities have written to the social networking site to provide details on the account. Police also resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters in various places including Shibsagar in Upper Assam. The police even opened fire in Gauripur of Dhubri district. Effigy of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary was also burnt at many places, said the ET report.

Two official vehicles were set ablaze in Sonitpur district while many bandh supporters were injured in Bongaigaon. The strike, however, had little impact in Guwahati.

The bandh was called to protest against attacks on Muslims in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas. The bandh supporters demanded imposition of President's Rule in the state and also ouster of the Tarun Gogoi government.

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