Shoot-at-sight orders on Assam side, curfew on

Shoot-at-sight orders were issued on the Assam side and curfew remained clamped on the inter-state border with Meghalaya as the toll in the ethnic strife at Goalpara-East Garo Hills rose to 10.

Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 13:54 PM IST

Shillong: Shoot-at-sight orders were issued
on the Assam side and curfew remained clamped on the
inter-state border with Meghalaya as the toll in the ethnic
strife at Goalpara-East Garo Hills rose to 10.

Official sources said shoot-at-sight orders were issued
by the Assam government after a high-level security meeting
at Dispur last night.

Goalpara Deputy Commissioner P K Goswami said over phone
that two bodies were recovered on the Assam side on Sunday
evening, taking the toll in the ethnic clash between the
Rabhas and Garos to 10.

East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said
Garo-dominated Chigism, Kaldang and Kasikgara villages in
Assam were attacked yesterday and 200 Garo women and children
fled to East Garo Hills and sought refuge at Hudakona primary
school compound during the night.

They were shifted to relief camp s by army troops, who
arrived on the scene early today.

Besides, a vehicle carrying relief material was also
torched injuring 11 people, two of them critically at Paikan
in Goalpara.

Following the arson attacks on the Garo villages, a mob
frenzy began to build up since yesterday and Gendabari Rabha
village on the Meghalaya side was set ablaze during the day.

Security forces with the help of army moved in swiftly
and cut off all entry and exit routes between the two
districts to prevent any escalation of violence, Bakshi said.
In view of the incidents, curfew remained clamped at
Resbulpara subdivision of East Garo Hills and in the four
police station areas of Dudhmoi, Krishnai, Dhupdhara and
Rangajuli of Assam, official sources said.

Security forces have detained several arsonists from
both Assam and Meghalaya and taken them under preventive
detention.
Official sources said a team of the Union Ministry of
Home Affairs team led by joint secretary Sambhu Singh reached
the border and will hold a review meeting at Resubelpara
during the day.

He would later hold another meeting at Guwahati, the
sources said.

PTI