11 killed in panchayat poll violence in Assam

Press Trust of India Goalpara/Rangia (Assam) | Updated on February 12, 2013

At least 11 people, including a woman, were killed in police firing and several others injured in Assam’s trouble-torn Goalpara district as violence erupted during panchayat polls on Tuesday.

Principal Secretary, Home, G.D Tripathy said that as polling began in the morning, large groups of people attacked various voting centres in the district forcing the police to resort to firing to quell the mob.

About 400 men and women armed with iron rods, axes and sticks allegedly attacked a polling station at Kathalmari school at Kahibari under Dhupdhora police station, police said.

Police said when it fired in retaliation, two men and a woman were killed on the spot.

In similar incidents, three persons were killed at Palsar, and one each at Kachuela and Silopathar, the police said.

Goalpara has been witnessing violence as the panchayat poll is being opposed in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous District Council (RHADC) areas.

Krishnai police station officer-in-charge Hatem Ali and two police personnel were injured at Bekibul by the protestors who also attacked polling personnel during the day.

Following the violence, army was deployed in Krishnai police station area where indefinite curfew is on along the National Highway where there is no polling, Tripathy said.

Several other people were also injured in poll-related clashes in different parts of the district where five vehicles, including two each of police and polling personnel and a media house, were set ablaze, the police added.

Published on February 12, 2013

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