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There seems to be no end to the bloodbath in Assam as nine more bodies have been found in Baksa district today, taking the total death toll to 42 in the last 36 hours. Nine more bodies were recovered in Baksa district in Assam on Saturday in the sectarian violence unleashed presumably by Bodo tribal militants.Tension has gripped the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) comprising Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri since Thursday after gunmen attacked immigrant Muslims after they allegedly voted for a non-Bodo candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The bodies of the victims, including six children and two women, were recovered from Khagrabari village adjacent to the Manas National Park, official sources said. Indefinite curfew has been clamped in Baska and Kokrajhar districts. Ten army columns have been deployed in the sensitive areas where a shoot-on-sight order has been issued. Hundreds of trucks and buses are stranded on national highways 31 following violence and curfew.
Officials in the affected districts said the attacks, presumably by Bodo tribal militants, has made Muslims and other minority groups flee their villages to safer locations. The administration in adjoining Dhubri district has opened up two relief camps, fearing a rerun of the 2012 communal clashes that took the lives of 108 people.
14 people in Baksa, 8 people in Kokrajhar has been arrested in connection with BTAD violence so far. A foremer Forest Ranger Amiyo Brahma and five other forest guard were also arrested in this connection. AP Raut, Assam Police’s additional director general (law and order), said 22 persons were arrested in the last 24 hours. “Five companies of CRPF have already arrived. Four more companies are on their way. Three companies have been deployed in Kokrajhar and rest would be deployed in Baksa,” Raut said.