GUWAHATI, Aug 23 � At a time when the situation in ethnic clash hit Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) areas is limping back to normalcy, an incident of firing took place in Dhubri-Kokrajhar border area today and two persons are reported missing following the incident.
Police sources said that a group of around seven persons went for fishing in a pond in the Dabargaon area today when unidentified miscreants opened fire on them. Two persons are missing following the incident and it is yet to be ascertained whether they escaped from the place or were killed in the firing.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police in charge of BTAD, SN Singh told The Assam Tribune that with people started going back home, the number of relief camps came down from 342 during the peak of the problem to 224. He said that to ensure security of the people living in the areas considered vulnerable, fixed security pickets have been posted.
Singh revealed that as many as 73 fixed security pickets have been posted in the vulnerable areas in Kokrajhar district, 31 in Chirang district and 18 pickets are deployed in Dhubri district. He said that no untoward incident has been reported in the last few days and around 74 companies of forces are deployed in the trouble torn areas.
The IGP revealed that so far around 170 persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the clashes. He said that efforts are on to prevent spreading to rumours and asserted that action would be taken against anyone found to be involved in rumour mongering. So far around 25 persons have been arrested in BTAD area for rumour mongering.
On rehabilitation process, Singh said that the credentials of the inmates of the relief camps are being verified during the process and the household surveys conducted in the last census as well as the voters� lists of the last election are consulted. He also said that the process of setting up of village level peace committees has also started as a confidence building measure.