Centre asks Assam govt to beef up security in Bodo areas

Warning repeat of 2012 communal clashes, the Home Ministry has asked the Assam government to tighten security in Bodo dominated areas which have witnessed several killings and kidnapping in recent days.

In a letter, the Ministry conveyed to the state government that there have been instances when petty incidents have turned into major clashes resulting in loss of human lives and property.

Reminding that the major clashes between the Bodo and minorities in Assam in 2012 started from a minor incident, the Home Ministry told the Assam government to nip in the bud such incident by immediately sending forces and providing security to the victims.

More than 100 people lost their lives in the 2012 clashes in Bodo dominated areas in the state. At least 10 people were killed and six others were kidnapped in separate incidents in Assam in last fortnight.

Curfew was also imposed in Chirang district after police resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells to disperse a mob which lynched a suspected NDBF terrorist and attacked a police outpost, besides burning down a house here.

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