Nine more bodies were recovered from a village in Baksa district on Saturday morning, taking the toll to 32 in the violence unleashed by NDFB-Songbijit militants in Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTADC) area in Assam. The bodies of the victims, including four children and two women, were recovered from Khagrabari village under Salbari sub-division adjacent to the Manas National Park, official sources said.
Three children, aged between seven and ten years, who were hiding in a forest on the banks of river Beki were also rescued, the sources said. An indefinite curfew has also been imposed in districts where 23 people were killed. The Army has been staging flag marches in the violence-hit areas to instill confidence among people and to bring the situation under control, the sources said.
The violence started when heavily armed NDFB-S militants entered a house and shot dead three members of a family, including two women, and injured an infant of a minority community near Ananda Bazar area in Baksa district on Thursday. This was followed by indiscriminate firing by the insurgents at Balapara-I village in neighbouring Kokrajhar district in the early hours on Friday which left eight persons dead and injuring several others in their own houses.
Last night, 12 bullet-riddled bodies, including those of five women and a child, were recovered from Nankekhadrabari and Nayanguri villages in Baksa district where nearly 100 houses and a wooden bridge were set ablaze by the ultras. The agitators complained that their houses had been burnt down by militants and government had failed to protect their lives and property. A total of 22 people have so far been arrested in connection with the violence.