Violence Continues In Karbi Anglong District of Assam

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January 4: Unearthing of nine decomposed bodies from Dhansiripar locality of Dimapur city of Nagaland today has further manifested the deteriorating law and order situation in the strife torn Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

An ethnic clash between the Rengma Naga and Karbi communities broke out on 27th December, which has claimed eleven lives so far.

Immediately after the recovery of the dead bodies, a group of armed miscreants opened indiscriminate fire in Rongpi basti area near Karagaon ASRF ( Assam Special Reserve Force) camp at 6 PM, killing one person on the spot and injuring several others. The place of incident is under the jurisdiction of Khotkati police station of Assam. Police identified the deceased as B.C. Rongpi, a resident of the affected village. Senior police officers from Diphu rushed to the location.

In addition, one decomposed body has been identified as Harlong Bir Engti of Bokajan by friends and relatives of the deceased from a tattoo mark on his right arm. The Nagaland police handed over his body to his relatives. All the other bodies are yet to be identified. Nagaland police suspect the deceased persons under all probabilities belongs to the Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

According to Bokajan police of Karbi Anglong district, they have preliminary documentation of missing statement of 4 Karbi youths since 28th December. According to Dhansiripar police of Nagaland. A large number of Karbi youths are engaged in private jobs in various places throughout Nagaland and frequently travel to Bokajan and other parts of Karbi Anglong district through Dimapur city.

“My worst fear is, anti socials probably killed them to avenge the death of their community in Karbi dominated area of Assam,” said a senior police officer of Nagaland on condition of anonymity.

Now, no untoward incident has occurred in any part of the district including Chokihola, the epicenter of the ethnic clash which began on 27th December. More than one thousand Rengma people have been transferred to five aid camps under the protection of Chokihola and Santipur police station of Bokajan subdivision.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.