Amid the ongoing violence in Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the riot-hit areas today to evaluate the situation and review the steps taken for relief and rehabilitation of the affected people.
According to reports Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also expected to accompany the Prime Minister. However there is no official confirmation. PM and Sonia Gandhi are expected to visit Kokrajhar and Durabari.
Lower Assam districts have been witnessing riots for the last six days which has claimed 48 lives and led to dislocation of lakhs of people.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited Kokrajhar today to review the situation in the riot-affected areas where tension prevailed.
Kokrajhar district executive magistrate Bipul Saikia was injured in an attack by unidentified assailants and his vehicle damaged while he was on his way to visit a relief camp in Bhotgaon Kanchipara area of the district.
Army and the para-military forces have mobilised thousands of personnel to contain the situation.
Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders were in force in worst-affected Kokrajhar district, while night curfew was on in Chirang and Dhubri district.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said his government did not get any intelligence report from the Union Home Ministry that there was going to be such a flare-up.
He pointed fingers at the Centre for delay in Army deployment saying the situation would not have deteriorated had it been deployed on the first day.
“If they had, why didn’t they send the Army immediately? We wanted the Army from day one of the crisis and now when it is there, the situation is gradually limping back to normal,” Gogoi told a press conference here.
“The MHA hasn’t provided me with any intelligence report. I haven’t got any information that there is going to be such a flare-up,” he said.
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