Curfew relaxed for eight hours in Kokrajhar

Last Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 18:36

Guwahati: Amidst army flag march, curfew was relaxed for eight hours on Monday in most part of the toruble-torn Kokrajhar district with no fresh incident of violence reported during the past 48 hours, official sources said.

Curfew was relaxed from 8 am to 4 pm, but for devotees performing `Chhat Puja`, it was further relaxed for two hours till 6 pm.

Indefinite curfew continued in nine villages, including five under Kokrajhar and four under Gossaigaon sub-divisions of the district, as the areas had been identified as "vulnerable" by security forces, the sources said.

Army continued to stage a flag march in Kokrajhar and tight security was being maintained in the four Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD).

Police and paramilitary forces were conducting round the clock patrolling and maintaining a strict vigil to prevent any untoward incident.

More than 65 persons have been taken into custody in connection with the incidents of violence since November 10 after a lull of nearly three months which had claimed 10 lives in BTAD area.

Meanwhile, police remand of the executive member of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Monokumar Brahma alias Jalja, ended today and he was sent to judicial custody. Due to ill-health, he was admitted to the Kokrajhar Civil Hospital.

Earlier, four BTAD districts and Dhubri were affected by violent conflits between the Bodos and the minorities leaving 90 people dead and more than 4.80 lakh homeless in July-August this year.


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First Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 18:36

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