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Violence engulfs Assam amidst demands for four separate states

The UPA government’s decision to create Telangana has brought long-standing demands by four ethnic groups for separate states carved out of Assam to the fore, with large-scale violence and agitation erupting in the state.

Bodos, Karbi, Dimasas and Koch-Rajbongshis have demanded separate states. The hill district of Karbi Anglong witnessed violence with two persons killed and several injured.

Army on Friday staged a flagmarch in trouble-torn Karbi Anglong district as fresh incidents of violence erupted even as railway services were paralysed in Assam with several ethnic organisations stepping up their demand for separate states on the lines of Telangana.

The army was called in to assist the civil administration and it staged a flag march this afternoon in several violence-hit and vulnerable areas, official sources said.

Two additional companies of paramilitary forces have also been deployed in the district which witnessed violence for the third day on Friday. The All Bodo Students’ Union  (ABSU)was observing a 12-hour rail blockade on Friday with several organizations, including the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Bodo Women’s Federation, Bodoland Peoples Progressive Front, NDFB(P), People Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement.

Angry protestors removed 6 kilometres of railway tracks in the Diphu-Lumding section and as a consequence, train services between Upper and Lower Assam have been paralysed with major trains controlled at Dimapur and Lumding, police said.

An irate mob set ablaze a bus of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and an Inspection bungalow of the Public Works Department at Umlalfera area. The ABSU has also called a 60-hour strike from 5 August to demand a separate state for Bodos.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who left for New Delhi on Thursday evening, has also said that the party was not for any further division of the state.
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