Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday said that strict approach towards the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants will continue.
Gogoi's response comes a day after Bodo militants killed 62 tribals in Assam's Sonitpur and Kokrajhar district.
While addressing the media, the Assam CM said that the state government has received adequate assistance from the central government. He further said that the future course of action will be decided after he meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh later in the day.
“Government of India will never surrender and both Centre and state government will act firmly against the militants,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi asserted that his government's priority is to maintain peace and order in the areas.
The Congress leader requested the media to show restrain while showing visuals of the attacks.
The Chief Minister said that the majority of victims in the "barbaric" attacks that took place last evening were women and children and steps were being taken to ensure that the situation does not escalate.
IGP (Law and Order) SN Singh told PTI that the death toll had risen to 62 with 37 deaths in Sonitpur and 25 in Kokrajhar after heavily armed militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) swooped down on the four remote Adivasi villages of the two districts and killed the inhabitants last evening.
Union Minister for Home Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju were scheduled to arrive in Assam this evening to take stock of the prevailing situation.