Assam violence: Death toll rises to 45 in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts

Written by PTI | Guwahati | Updated: May 12 2014, 01:01am hrs
Two more bodies of have been recovered in Assam's Baksa and Barpeta districts today, raising the death toll to 45 in the recent violence in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

The body of an eight-year-old boy was recovered from Beki river at Kalgachia in Barpeta while that of a six-month-old boy was found from the same river at Narayanguri in Baksa district, police said.

Baksa district alone accounted for 38 deaths, while seven died in Kokrajhar as suspected NDFB(S) militants unleashed violence in the two districts since May 1.

The situation in the trouble-torn area was limping back to normal with necessary steps being taken to rehabilitate inmates of Bhangarpar relief camp at Baksa.

Police claimed the violence was unleashed by the NDFB(S) but the victims alleged that supporters of a particular political party had attacked them as they did not vote for the party's candidate.

Investigations into the violence has been handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Meanwhile, leader of the principal opposition party in the state AIUDF's Badruddin Ajmal today visited Nanke Khagrabari area at Narayanguri and distributed relief material to the affected persons under the aegis of two NGOs Ajmal Foundation and Markazul Ma'arif.