Indefinite curfew imposed in Assam's Maibang town one day after two persons were killed in police firing

Haflong/Guwahati: An indefinite curfew clamped in Maibang area in Dima Hasao district of Assam continued on Friday even as the two persons injured in on Thursday's violence succumbed to injuries.

The 48-hour Dima Hasao district bandh was called by a number of groups to protest Thursday's police firing. The groups have also demanded a written statement from the government on the 'Nagalim' issue in the context of the hill district.

The bandh has paralysed normal life in this central Assam district.

 Indefinite curfew imposed in Assams Maibang town one day after two persons were killed in police firing

Representational image. Reuters

"Two persons have died since yesterday. While one person died on the way to the hospital in Guwahati, the other succumbed this morning," a senior government official told PTI.

Mitunjoy Dibragede (33) died on the way. Probanta Hakmaosa (27) lost his life at the GNRC Hospital this morning, the official said.

A wooden bridge was set ablaze by unknown persons, officials said.

The protesters are also demanding immediate suspension of the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police besides payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the 10 injured in Thursday's police firing.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal held a meeting to review the situation in presence of the deputy commissioner, district police officials, members of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and various students union.

Meanwhile, the Republic Day function at the district headquarters town Haflon was cut short with just hoisting of the tricolour as there was hardly any public present.

The day being a national holiday, all offices, educational institutions, banks, post offices, markets and other establishments remained closed on Friday.

But shops and markets were closed and vehicles were off the roads due to the bandh call, officials said.

On Thursday, various organisations in the district had called a 12-hour district bandh in protest against the inclusion of Dima Hasao in Greater Nagalim as per a reported draft by RSS member Jagdamba Mall.

The protesters had blocked trains at Maibang station, broke windowpanes of a train, damaged properties at the station and removed tracks, an NF Railway spokesperson said.

To disperse the mob, police initially lathi charged and then fired in the air.

Officials claimed that police had to open fire as the mob was unrelenting and continued their violence by damaging vehicles of the deputy commissioner's cavalcade.

Later on, the district administration clamped indefinite curfew in Maibang area.

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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2018 15:35:08 IST