Diphu/Kokrajhar: Army on Friday staged a flag march in trouble-torn Karbi Anglong district as fresh incidents of violence erupted even as railway services were paralysed in Assam with several ethnic organisations stepping up their demand for separate states on the lines of Telangana.
The army was called in to assist the civil administration and it staged a flag march this afternoon in several violence-hit and vulnerable areas, official sources said.
Two additional companies of paramilitary forces have also been deployed in the district which witnessed violence for the third day today following the Congress and UPA`s decision to create Telangana as the 29th state of the country.
Train services across the state have been affected following the 12-hour Rail Blockade called by different Bodo organisations to press their demand for a separate Bodoland.
Angry protestors removed six kilometres of railway tracks in the Diphu-Lumding section and as a consequence, train services between Upper and Lower Assam have been paralysed with major trains controlled at Dimapur and Lumding, police said.
An irate mob set ablaze a bus of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and an Inspection bungalow of the Public Works Department at Umlalfera area. Protestors also attempted to set ablaze the Congress party office at Howraghat but were stopped by the police.
Earlier, protestors set ablaze a government vehicle at Nungpung, an electricity office and the handloom and textile departments at Hamrem.
The police have arrested the President of Karbi Students` Association (KSA) Laiseng Engleng for allegedly inciting violence and seven others have been rounded up from Dokmoka area taking the total number of arrests to 18 since the outbreak of violence in the hill district.