Prime Minister Singh Visits Kokrajhar District


Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh today visited Assam’s Kokrajhar district, officials said.

Along with PM, UPA president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home minister P Chidambaram also visited the areas of the district affected by ongoing ethnic violence.

An official of Assam government said PM, Sonia Gandhi and P Chidambaram arrived in Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport at Borjhar and flew to Kokrajhar by helicopter.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited the BTAD district with PM.

Meanwhile, the death toll of the ethnic violence has risen to 50 on Friday.

Over 3.92 lakh people now living in shelters at 204 camps, which set up in different places in four districts in lower Assam.

In addition, armies were deployed in Baska district on Friday.

“Seven more army troops were deployed at Sarbhog, Musalpur, Tihu, Damdama, Kumarikata, Goreswar and Saudarbhita,” an army official said.

13 army troops were already operating in different places in BTAD area since last two days.

Armies have established two medical camps in Kokrajhar district.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.