Guwahati, Jul 23 (PTI) Fresh incidents of arson in interior areas of Kokrajhar district were reported today leading to shoot-at-sight orders, indefinite curfew and flag march by army even as the toll in the ethnic violence Assam rose to 21. Police said four more bodies were recovered during the day from Kokrajhar district. Of the total 21 deaths, Kokrajhar accounted for 17 while neighbouring four persons died in Chirang district, to where the violence between minority immigrants and Bodo tribals spread. Police said fresh arson was reported from Fakiragram, Serfanguri, Narabari, Gossaigaon, Dotoma, Mokrajan and Tulsibari areas where miscreants set ablaze abandoned houses. The army had staged a flag march after incidents of arson in interior areas, particularly in abandoned houses of villagers who had fled in panic. A major trouble was quelled by the army and police when a group of more than 400 armed minority immigrants from Joypur tried to proceed towards Kokrajhar town. The police fired in the air and dispersed them. In another incident miscreants set ablaze a camp of the disbanded Bodoland Liberation Tigers at Sapotgram where the police was forced to blank fire. Shoot at sight and indefinite curfew has been ordered in Kokrajhar district, while night curfew is on in Chirang and Dhubri districts. Army has been deployed in Kokrajhar and Dhubri. (MORE)
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