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CBI team to probe conspiracy in Assam violence

New Delhi, Aug 9 (): A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials headed by a Special Director and Joint Secretary (North East) at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Sambhu Singh  is expected to visit violence-hit areas of lower Assam on Thursday after chief minister Tarun Gogoi decided to recommend a probe by the Central agency into the clashes.

The team is expected to hold discussions with the Assam Police officials in connection with the ongoing violence in Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon districts respectively. All the 309 cases that were registered regarding the violence had been referred by the state government to the CBI, said Assam Home Secretary G.D. Tripathi.

“Although it is not possible for the CBI to take over all the cases, it would discuss the issue with senior Assam Police officials regarding the cases and will convince the government to take only a few important cases related to the conspiracy,” added G.D. Tripathi.

Chief Minister of Assam stated that his government has demanded a CBI probe suspecting both internal and external forces behind the current violence. The total number of victims has gone up to seventy-five in addition to two more bodies in Kokrajhar district.

The recent violence in Assam has displaced and forced 4.80 lakh people belonging to both the Bodo and Muslim communities to take shelter in 340 relief camps, out of which 1.16 lakh people is believed to have returned back home.

On the other hand, activists of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Wednesday protested by sitting for an eight-hour fast in the city demanding the government to make possible arrangements regarding adequate supply of baby food, medicines and text books to inmates of the relief camps. It also demanded the State government to carry out rehabilitation measures.

Meanwhile, while replying to a discussion on the Adjournment Motion on the Assam violence that was moved by BJP leader L K Advani on Wednesday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the Lok Sabha that the Centre had made arrangements of deploying Additional Director, CBI and Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the Home Ministry to look into the issue.