Fresh incidents of arson in interior areas of Kokrajhar district were reported on 23JUL12 leading to shoot-at-sight orders, indefinite curfew and flag march by army even as the toll in the ethnic violence Assam rose to 21. Of the total 21 deaths, Kokrajhar accounted for 17 while a neighbouring four persons died in Chirang district as the violence between minority immigrants and Bodo tribals spread.
A major trouble was quelled by the army and police when a group of more than 400 armed minority immigrants from Joypur tried to proceed towards Kokrajhar town. Official sources said nearly 18 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in lower Assam to combat the situation.
Sources in Kokrajhar and Chirang district administrations said more than 50,000 villagers are taking shelter in various relief camps. In Kokrajhar district, nearly 40,000 victims have taken shelter in 35 relief camps set up by the government, while more than 10,000 victims have themselves taken shelter in various schools and government offices in Chirang as the government has not opened any official relief camp, official sources said.
Train service in the northeast has been adversely affected due to the ongoing violence in the Bodoland Tribal Administrative Districts area in lower Assam, said a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) news release.