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Army stages flag marches in violence-hit areas of Assam

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Guwahati, Oct 18, IRNA
Indian Army soldiers Tuesday staged flag marches in the violence-hit northeastern Assam state where 36 people were killed Monday in a string of attacks by militants on members of a rival tribal community, officials said.

A police official said there were fresh reports of violence overnight with armed Karbi tribal militants setting ablaze at least 50 homes in two villages belonging to the rival Dimasa community in Karbi Anglong district, 290 kilometers east of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"We are awaiting more details from the two villages attacked late Monday night. The situation remains very tense," D.D. Tripathi, administrator of the Karbi Anglong district, told IRNA by telephone.

Army soldiers patrolled vulnerable areas in Karbi Anglong district where an indefinite curfew was clamped late Monday.

"Strict orders were issued asking security forces to
shoot-on-sight anybody violating the curfew. This has been done to prevent movement of militants," the district administrator said.

"The curfew would continue until we see an improvement in the situation with the army staging flag marches to instill confidence." Twenty-two bus passengers, including seven women, all of them Karbis, were killed Monday at Jirikinding, a village located 320 kilometers east of Guwahati.

In two separate attacks Monday, 14 Karbi villagers were killed by DHD rebels who also set ablaze at least a hundred homes.

The DHD is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the Dimasa tribe in eastern Assam.

The death toll in two weeks of ethnic clashes involving the majority Karbis and the Dimasas have reached 72.


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