BSF blames NDFB for Assam violence

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Shillong, Oct 7: The Border Security Force (BSF) has blamed that the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), a tribal rebel group currently on a ceasefire with the Centre was behind the communal riots in Assam. The NDFB, however, denied its involvement in fomenting the clashes and blamed it on 'anti-national forces'.

'' The NDFB is responsible for the communal clashes between the Bodos and Bangladeshi immigrants in Udalguri, Darrang and other strife-torn districts,'' Inspector General of BSF in-charge Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland Frontier, PK Mishra here said.

The IG, BSF, who rushed ten companies of the troops in violence hit areas, where more than 50 people died and over one lakh people shifted to relief camps, claimed that BSF troops has enough evidence to prove that the proscribed outfit was behind the clashes.

''It is evident from the weapons used in the clashes commonly used by NDFB militants,'' he said.

BSF troops were deployed in the strife-torn districts of Assam to control bloody clashes.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who had ordered a judicial probe into the clashes, has also put the blame on the NDFB.

''NDFB is instigating violence and if such reports are found to be true then we shall have no options other than calling off the ceasefire,'' Mr Gogoi said.

Meanwhile the spokesman of NDFB, S Sanjarang said that ever since the group had declared ceasefire with the government they have been abiding by the ceasefire ground rules and has kept all its cadres in the designated camps.


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