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One killed in communal clashes in Garo Hills

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, June 22 � The Border Security Force (BSF) has intensified its patrol in �communally-sensitive areas� along the International border in Garo Hills following communal clashes in West Garo Hills district which left at least one dead.

The security arrangements have been tightened after curfew was imposed yesterday in West Garo Hills following violence. A large number of people went on a rampage in Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills, following reports of some labourers molesting a mentally challenged girl. One person was killed and several shops and vehicles were damaged in the violence.

Police have arrested three, out of the five labourers, who allegedly molested the girl, which includes one Md Raju Allam, Nehar Ali and Babul Sheikh. All three are said to be in serious condition and have been shifted to Guwahati for further treatment.

�The BSF has intensified patrolling along the international border; especially the communally sensitive pockets like Mankachar along the inter-State border with Assam,� BSF officials said here.

Moreover, the BSF is also assisting the local administration in providing shelter and food to about 250 people who have fled their homes following the violence in the district.

�Approximately 250 members of the minority community who have taken refuge in the BSF campuses at Prahari Nagar and Dhanakgiri at Tura, and at the BSF outposts of Gasuapara and Kilapara are being provided shelter, food and security in these camps,� the official added.

The border guards further added that it is keeping a close tab on the situation in Garo Hills and was prepared to lend all assistance to the district administration.

Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed in Tura today, but was not lifted from other parts of the district. The district administration held a meeting with local politicians and also NGOs to defuse the crisis.

Tura Correspondent adds: DC, West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi said there are three confirmed deaths in the clashes. There has also been sporadic incidents of violence until 3 am this morning.

Bakshi said members of the minority community was being sent home as a precaution.

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One killed in communal clashes in Garo Hills

SHILLONG, June 22 � The Border Security Force (BSF) has intensified its patrol in �communally-sensitive areas� along the International border in Garo Hills following communal clashes in West Garo Hills district which left at least one dead.

The security arrangements have been tightened after curfew was imposed yesterday in West Garo Hills following violence. A large number of people went on a rampage in Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills, following reports of some labourers molesting a mentally challenged girl. One person was killed and several shops and vehicles were damaged in the violence.

Police have arrested three, out of the five labourers, who allegedly molested the girl, which includes one Md Raju Allam, Nehar Ali and Babul Sheikh. All three are said to be in serious condition and have been shifted to Guwahati for further treatment.

�The BSF has intensified patrolling along the international border; especially the communally sensitive pockets like Mankachar along the inter-State border with Assam,� BSF officials said here.

Moreover, the BSF is also assisting the local administration in providing shelter and food to about 250 people who have fled their homes following the violence in the district.

�Approximately 250 members of the minority community who have taken refuge in the BSF campuses at Prahari Nagar and Dhanakgiri at Tura, and at the BSF outposts of Gasuapara and Kilapara are being provided shelter, food and security in these camps,� the official added.

The border guards further added that it is keeping a close tab on the situation in Garo Hills and was prepared to lend all assistance to the district administration.

Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed in Tura today, but was not lifted from other parts of the district. The district administration held a meeting with local politicians and also NGOs to defuse the crisis.

Tura Correspondent adds: DC, West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi said there are three confirmed deaths in the clashes. There has also been sporadic incidents of violence until 3 am this morning.

Bakshi said members of the minority community was being sent home as a precaution.

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