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Normalcy returns to violence-hit areas

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � The situation in Sonitpur and Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) is fast returning to normalcy with no incidents of violence reported from any part during the last seven days, said an official press release issued by the State Home Department here today.

The additional forces deployed in the affected districts have set up pickets/barracks in the vulnerable areas, with night curfew continuing in some places as a precautionary measure. The security forces have been continuing their operations against the ultras and a total of 102 police cases have so far been registered in connection with the incidents of violence. The break-up of the police cases are: Kokrajhar (71), Sonitpur (9), Udalguri (10) and Chirang (12). The total number of people arrested is 64 (Kokrajhar � 56, Sonitpur � 6, Chirang � 2).

Moreover, of these police cases, the State Government has already handed over four such cases to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for investigation (Sonitpur � 2 and Kokrajhar � 2).

Death figures as on Saturday in connection with the violent incidents in these districts stands at 81, including three killed in police firing at Dhekiajuli. The body of a missing person, Kimu Hasda of Runikhata PS, Kokrajhar district, was recovered on January 2 this year.

Giving a district-wise and community-wise break-up of the victims of the violence, the press release said that 66 Adivasis, 13 Bodos and two from other communities were killed in the incidents, while in Sonitpur district 44 people were killed, in Kokrajhar district 34 people were killed, while in Chirang district three persons were killed.

It said that the Kokrajhar district administration has been making efforts to bring back the Adivasi people who are taking shelter in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.

Meanwhile, around 1,000 people, who have been brought back from Arunachal Pradesh, are now sheltered in a new relief camp opened by the Sonitpur district administration, the press release said.

By this time, the number of relief camps and camp inmates has continued to decrease during the last 24 hours, it said.

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