Tension in Assam’s Udalguri after youth’s body found

September 6th, 2012 - 11:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Sept 6 (IANS) Tension gripped the Udalguri district in troubled Bodo areas of Assam Thursday after police recovered the body of a youth missing since last month.

Police also had to fire blanks to to disperse an angry mob, which pelted stones on them.

Police said that the incident took place after the body of a youth was exhumed from Jhargaon area.

The body was identified as of Krishna Boro, who had been missing since Aug 28, the day when the several minority organisations of Assam had called for a shutdown, which led to large scale violence across the state.

“The incident took place after a group of people attacked a police team who had gone to Jhargaon to exhume the body of Krishna Boro. Police had also taken the four arrested people who had killed Boro and buried his body in Jhargaon,” said a senior Assam police official in Udalguri.

Seeing the four arrested, the local people were agitated and demanded they be handed over to them, the official said adding that police later opened fire to disperse the crowd.

Udalguri Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar said that the situation is under control now in the district and added that required forces had been deployed to stop escalation of tension.

At least two districts - Kokrajhar and Chirang - of Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) and the contiguous Dhubri district saw widespread ethnic violence after clashes broke out between the Bodos and Bengali speaking Muslim settlers since mid July till August. The violence left 95 dead and displaced over four lakh people.

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