Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Photo: Mint
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Photo: Mint

Government not to give firearms to violence-hit people: Tarun Gogoi

Assam chief minister says the state government will provide security cover to the people in vulnerable areas

Guwahati/Nagaon: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday dismissed media reports that the state government would provide firearms to the violence-hit people in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) and said security cover in vulnerable areas would be increased.

Meanwhile, four persons were injured in police firing in Assam’s Nagaon district on a mob protesting against NDFB(S) attack in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts during the 12-hour state-wide bandh on Monday even as curfew was relaxed in violence-hit districts.

Official sources said the police fired on the mob at Doboka area when supporters of Muslim Students Union, which had called the bandh, attacked and threw stones at them when asked to withdraw the road blocks.

The state government has not taken any decision as reported in a section of media that the government would issue firearms to violence affected people in BTAD area, Gogoi said in a statement in Guwahati.

The government would provide security cover to the people in vulnerable areas by increasing the number of police pickets and outposts, strengthening of village defence party, formation of peace committees and by taking up other security measures, he said.

The recent violence in Kokrajhar and Baksa districts of BTAD area has so far claimed 34 lives and forced thousands of people to flee homes.

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