Guwahati, May 5 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the government would not provide firearms to the people affected by violence in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).
Gogoi said this while refuting news reports in a section of print and electronic media that the government would issue firearms to the people affected by violence in the BTAD areas, where series of militant attacks have left 31 people killed since last Thursday.
"The government has not taken any decision in this regard," said the chief minister.
Gogoi said the government would provide security cover to the people in the vulnerable areas by increasing the number of police pickets and outposts, strengthening village defence parties, formation of peace committees, and by taking up other security measures.
A delegation of the All Bodoland Minority Students' Union met Gogoi Sunday with a 12-point charter of demands, which also included the demand of arming themselves with firearms.
Normalcy is limping back to the troubled Baksa and Kokrajhar districts of Assam with no reports of any fresh violence in the last three days.
The district administration Monday lifted the curfew after 10 a.m. in Baksa, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. Although, there was a protest called by some students' organisations in the BTAD Monday, it did not evoke any response.
Meanwhile, protests erupted Monday in other districts like Nagaon and Dhubri, where many people and a organisation named Muslim Students Union called a protest against the violence.
At Dabaka area in Nagaon district, police had to fire shots in air to disperse a mob, which tried to block the national highway and stop vehicular movement. The protestors also pelted stones at some passing by vehicles and injured a truck driver.
"Although the BTAD remained peaceful for last three days, we are seeing protests Monday in Nagaon and Dhubri over the violence. We have deployed more forces across the state so that these protests cannot take any communal colour," said Assam Home Commissioner G.D. Tripathy.