Violence rocks Diphu, curfew clamped,Assam

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DIPHU, July 31 – Thirteen people were injured
as police resorted to firing and curfew was
subsequently clamped in Diphu town for an
indefinite period today as violence erupted
immediately after the report of the Congress
Working Committee’s recommendation for
creation of a separate Telangana state was
out.
A large number of activists representing
different Karbi student organisations as well
as Congress student wing NSUI, locked the
main gate of the KAAC secretariat office. The
situation gradually worsened with the police
failing to bring it under control.
The irate mob attacked the KAAC garage and
burnt down five government buses. A number
of vehicles on the road were also set on fire by
the mob.
The private residences of Biren Sing Engti, MP
and Parliamentary Secretary, Bidhyasing
Engleng besides the official quarters of
several KAAC executive members, including
that of CEM Joyram Engleng, were also
damaged.
As the irate crowd became uncontrollable, the
police resorted to lathi-charge. Later the men
in uniform were compelled to fire several
rounds in the air. About 13 protesters
reportedly received bullet injury. Four of them
are stated to be in critical condition. They
have been referred to Guwahati for better
treatment. The other injured protesters were
admitted to the Diphu Civil Hospital. Unofficial
reports however put the number of injured at
20.
Police informed that the situation was under
control. The district administration, while
clamping an indefinite curfew in the town, has
sought more security forces to maintain law
and order in Karbi Anglong.
On the other hand, a 100-hour Karbi Anglong
strike has been called by the HSDP starting
from August 5.
via:
Assam Tribune Online.

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