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KOKRAJHAR, May 29 � Four persons were injured and several persons were arrested during the All Bodoland Minority Students� Union-called 24-hour Kokrajhar bandh which turned violent at several places forcing police to open fire to control the mob today. A police vehicle was also burnt down this evening, near Baruahpara under Kokrajhar police station, amidst reports of sporadic violence from all over the district.

Bandh supporters at Joypur attacked a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police HK Nath. Police used lathis, gas shells and finally fired several rounds in the air to disperse the mob, Kokrajhar SP J Doley said.

Several vehicles were also targeted by the bandh supporters causing injuries to four persons � three of them admitted to the RNB Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar and one critically injured referred to the GMCH. Police picked up around 10-12 bandh supporters even as serious tension prevailed all over Kokrajhar town and adjoining areas.

The ABMSU supporters have since this morning been coercing traders and commuters to close down their shops and markets to observe the bandh with threats of violence.

It may be mentioned here that the bandh was called in protest against the damage caused to the signboard of a local idgah following which ABMSU demanded immediate action.

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ABMSU bandh turns violent, vehicle torched

KOKRAJHAR, May 29 � Four persons were injured and several persons were arrested during the All Bodoland Minority Students� Union-called 24-hour Kokrajhar bandh which turned violent at several places forcing police to open fire to control the mob today. A police vehicle was also burnt down this evening, near Baruahpara under Kokrajhar police station, amidst reports of sporadic violence from all over the district.

Bandh supporters at Joypur attacked a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police HK Nath. Police used lathis, gas shells and finally fired several rounds in the air to disperse the mob, Kokrajhar SP J Doley said.

Several vehicles were also targeted by the bandh supporters causing injuries to four persons � three of them admitted to the RNB Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar and one critically injured referred to the GMCH. Police picked up around 10-12 bandh supporters even as serious tension prevailed all over Kokrajhar town and adjoining areas.

The ABMSU supporters have since this morning been coercing traders and commuters to close down their shops and markets to observe the bandh with threats of violence.

It may be mentioned here that the bandh was called in protest against the damage caused to the signboard of a local idgah following which ABMSU demanded immediate action.

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