Violence in the North East

Two persons were killed and at least seven injured in Golaghat town in Assam after police fired to stop an armed mob of thousands from attacking a police station. The administration clamped an indefinite curfew in Golaghat district and called out the Army to help restore peace and normalcy.
The mob beat up an assistant sub-inspector and a constable before attempting to storm the Sadar police station in retaliation to Tuesday’s police lathi charge to clear the economic blockade imposed by different groups on NH-39 against Nagaland. The mob also torched at least eight police vehicles on the highway, besides a few goods carrying trucks stranded since August 14 due to the economic blockade.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the government would institute an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the police firing. On August 12 and 13, Naga miscreants, aided by NSCN(IM) cadre, raided several border villages in Assam, killing 14 and setting hundreds of houses on fire.
Tripathi said Gogoi and Nagaland chief minister T R Zeliang will meet in Guwahati on Thursday. MoS for home Kiren Rijiju is also scheduled to be present at the meeting along with DONER minister Lt Gen (retd) V K Singh, who arrived in the city on Wednesday. The border dispute between the two states is awaiting a solution from the Supreme Court after Assam filed a petition in 1988, seeking a settlement. While the Assam government wants no change in the current border demarcation, which is a constitutional boundary, Nagaland refuses to accept this and instead wants to follow the historical boundary that was demarcated before colonial rule.
Since 1979, the Centre has brought the Disputed Area Border under its control and posted Assam Rifles as a neutral force to maintain law and order. The force was later replaced by the CRPF. Gogoi said the state government had no control on the border and the CRPF had failed to do its duty.

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