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Assam bandh: 30 vehicles damaged
Published on 22 Jul. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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More than 30 private vehicles were reportedly damaged by protesters in different parts of Assam during the 12 hours ‘Assam Bandh’ called by the All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) on Thursday, to protest against the police firing incident in lower Assam’s Barpeta district, where four people were killed and over 60 others injured on Wednesday.
According to reports, during the bandh, AAMSU supporters opened fire on the road in presence of security personnel at Parua Tiniali near Tezpur in Sonitpur district. Bandh supporters also damaged more than 5 private vehicles, reported India Blooms News Service. Police arrested four agitators. Meanwhile, protesters blockaded the National Highway 37 and damaged 10 vehicles at Neli in Morigaon district.
Security forces arrested 150 AAMSU supporters from the spot, police said.
Police had to open fire in the air to disperse the mob in Barpeta district, a senior police official said.
Normal life was paralysed mostly in parts of Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Nagaon district on Thursday due to the shutdown.
Probe ordered
The Assam government Thursday ordered a high-level probe into Wednesday’s violence in Barpeta town in which four people were killed and 70 wounded, even as opposition parties demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the incident.
“An enquiry has been ordered to find out how the incident took place, besides investigating possibilities of a third force involved in triggering the violence,” Gogoi told IANS. “We have announced compensation of Rs.300,000 each to the next of kin of those killed in the incident, besides free treatment to the injured,” the chief minister said.
“Efforts were on to restore calm in the area with adequate security measures taken to prevent any backlash.” Meanwhile, the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF), blamed the state government for failing to control the situation.
“The chief minister should take moral responsibility and resign. We believe the state government is responsible for the violence,” senior BJP leader and MP from Guwahati, Bijoya Chakravarty, said.
“The Congress government has failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians, besides miserably failing to defuse the situation,” AGP leader Hiten Goswami said. As part of the NRC updating project, citizens have been asked to attach some documents as proof of their Indian citizenship with the standard government form. These documents include the list of NRC 1951, electoral roll of 1966 and that of 1971.
The purpose of NRC is to identify and enlist Indian citizens in the state.
“For the time we have suspended the project, but not stopped. Let the situation calm down and then we shall decide,” the chief minister said.

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