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Economic blockade in Arunachal against killing of 10 persons

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 21:59

Tezpur: The economic blockade against Arunachal Pradesh over killing of 10 persons along the inter-state border continued for the fourth day today even as work for setting up border outposts began.

According to district administration officials, the economic blockade has been continuing at Chariduar since January 30, a day after 10 supporters of CPI(ML) were killed and eight others injured at Chauldhowa under Behali Reserve Forest.

The blockade is mainly being carried out by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and supported by many organisations.

Meanwhile, Assam Director General of Police Khagen Sarma held a high-level security meeting here today, attended by senior officials from Army, CRPF, SSB and district administration among others.

"The construction work for border outposts in Behali Reserve Forest commenced form today... A police station will be set up at Dikalmukh in Arunachal Pradesh also," he said.

Sarma said security forces will be deployed along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in coming days.

Regarding involvement of National Liberation Council of Taniland (NLCT) in the Behali massacre as alleged by CPI(ML) State Secretary Bibek Das, the DGP said, "Operations will be carried out against NLCT."

He further said two cases have been registered at Behali police station in Sonitpur district, while one is filed in Arunachal Pradesh.

"The Assam police is in constant touch with Arunachal administration and they assured full cooperation to nab the miscreants involved in the Behlai incident," he added.

Talking about rising incidents of violence by the anti- talk faction of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland, Sarma said police is going to intensify operations against the group.

"Give us a little bit of time. The subversive activities of NDFB(S) in northern part of the Sonitpur will be wiped out," Sarma said.

We have sufficient modern arms and ammunition and manpower to combat terrorism and operations against NDFB(S) will be further intensified. Our prime duty is to protect and provide safeguard to the common people, he added.

The Arunachal Agrashan Pratirodh Samiti alleged encroachment of Assam land by people from Arunachal Pradesh.

Senior police officials here also said the involvement of political leaders from both the states cannot be denied.

Meanwhile, another body was recovered from Chauldhowa area in Borgang, the site of January 29 massacre.

Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parasar said the body has been identified as Lasu Mardi (65), hailing from Tinisuti under Biswanath chariali police station.

With this, the toll has risen to 11.

"Police team will again search the area tomorrow, she added.

First Published: Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 21:59

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