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ARMED NAGAS ON RAMPAGE ON ASSAM BORDER

By Barun Das Gupta

 

KOLKATA: Assam is on the boil now following a fast-developing sequence of events. Armed Nagas raided and burnt several villages, killing two, on Assam-Nagaland border near Urimghat in the Golaghat district of Assam. This was on August 12. Angry villagers stoned the motorcade of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, when he tried to visit the area on August 18. He was unhurt but the police lathi-charged and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

 

This added fuel to the fire. On August 20, some twenty thousand villagers, mostly tribals, marched on Golaghat town with their traditional bows and arrows and spears. They surrounded the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The situation was turning ugly. The police opened fire, killing two and injuring eighteen. Curfew was imposed and the Army called out. It staged a flag march. This has now led to the demand for Gogoi’s resignation. Golaghat and its surrounding areas are,