Guwahati/Diphu (Assam), Aug 1: Violence erupted in Assam on Wednesday in support of a separate Karbi Anglong state in which houses of a Congress MP and MLA were attacked, prompting the police to fire in the air to quell them.
Demanding that a separate state be carved out of Assam along the lines of Telangana, the agitators belonging to several organizations gheraoed the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council in Diphu and locked its main gate, official sources said.
They threw stones at the houses of Congress MP Birensing Ingti, MLA Bidyasing Engleng, council's chief executive member Joyram Engleng and its executive member Tuliram Ronghang and damaged their property.
Supporters of separate state for ‘Karbi tribal' during a protest in Assam's Karbi Anglong hills district at Diphu on Wednesday.
Violence erupted in Assam's Karbi Anglong hills district on Wednesday as supporters of separate state for ‘Karbi tribal' involved in clashes with police and CRPF at the district's head quarter, Diphu.
A vehicle goes up in flames after protestors demanding the creation of a separate Karbi Anglong state vandalized the residence of an official at Diphu, in Karbi Anglong district in northeastern Assam state on Wednesday.
Violence for Karbi Anglong state rocks Assam
Violence erupted in Assam on Wednesday in support of a separate Karbi Anglong state in which houses of a Congress MP and MLA were attacked, prompting the police to fire in the air to quell them.
The agitators, who belonged to Karbi Students Association, Karbi Riso Adorba and other organizations, even broke the gate of Engleng's residence and damaged the cars parked in the compound, sources informed.
This prompted the police to fire several rounds in the air near the house, but no injury to any person was reported.
At Ronghang's residence, tractors and cars parked there were set ablaze by the agitators, the sources said.
The leaders of the various organizations said the demand was made as far back as in 1951 and have threatened to continue their stir if no action was immediately taken by the Centre.