Two killed in Assam police firing
were killed and at least six injured in police firing in Assam
Monday, an official said.
Police opened fire in Goalpara district around noon after being
attacked by residents protesting a suspected murder
In Assam's second incident of police firing in as many days, one
person was killed and at least 10 injured in Sonitpur district
Tuesday. The fresh trouble broke out even as curfew continued in
Goalpara district where the death toll from Monday's police firing
rose to four with the discovery of two more bodies.
As tension continued in Rakshasini area of Goalpara district,
where a mob clashed with police and security forces Monday over
the recovery of a body, trouble erupted Tuesday morning near a
power station of the Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL)
at Baghmari near Tezpur in Sonitpur.
According to state Home Secretary G.D. Tripathy, the tension
started after officials of the power station wanted to close a
road through the campus being used by people from neighbouring
"Hundreds of people came out to the streets to oppose the move of
the power station officials. As police tried to contain the
situation, people charged at the police.
"After the initial attempt to control the situation with lathi
charge and firing of rubber bullets failed, police fired bullets,
leading to the death of one and injuries to over 10 others,"
Tripathy told IANS.
"There were two roads through the campus of the power station, one
of which had been closed a few days back. However, after providing
an alternate road, officials tried to close this second road
today. This move infuriated the locals for some reason and led to
the untoward incident today," he said.
The situation, he added, was being monitored closely and was under
In Goalpara, the death toll increased to four with police
recovering two more bodies from the violence-hit areas late
Monday, police said.
Of the four, two were killed in police firing two are suspected to
have been killed by the crowds.
Of the two bodies recovered late Monday, one was hacked and the
other was charred, Tripathy said.
"We recovered their bodies late Monday and it is believed that the
agitated mob attacked these two people and killed them during the
"We have decided not to lift the curfew as tension is simmering in
the area. We do not want to take a risk and want to ensure that
the violence do not take any communal colour," he said.
The home secretary said additional forces had been sent to the
violence affected areas of Goalpara district Monday to help police
in controlling the situation.
Irate crowds had begun to gather in the area after the recovery of
the body of Taher Ali, who had been missing since Sunday evening.
"People from the area people attacked policemen who reached the
spot to recover the body, which was buried. Hundreds of locals
pelted stones at police and damaged their vehicles," a police
official had said Monday.
To disperse the crowd, police resorted to firing that led to the
death of two people on the spot and injury to others, he said.