Guwahati:  Security forces on Tuesday shot dead four miscreants in Assam, taking the death toll in communal violence raging in two districts to 25, authorities said.

An indefinite curfew remains in force in both Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.Inspector General of Polkice S.N. Singh said that 16 people had been killed in Kokrajhar district since July 19, when the trouble erupted.

Five were killed in Chirang district. "Four miscreants were gunned down by police in Kokrajhar today, taking the total death toll to 25," the officer said.

He said the situation in the region was tense, and added that additional security forces had arrived in the two districts.

According to official sources, the violence started after gunmen attacked two student leaders in Magurbari Thursday.

Following this, four former Bodo militants were shot dead on Friday.

The violence has also spread to Dhubri district bordering Bangladesh. Police opened blank fire Tuesday to contain unrest. In Dhubri, the administration has clamped curfew in some sensitive areas including Gouripur, Golakganj, Bilasipara and Chapar.More than 40,000 people have abandoned their homes and taken shelter in relief camps set up by the district administration.

Assam's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka and Revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi were deputed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to visit the troubled spots.

Director General of Police Jayanta Narayan Choudhury reviewed the security scenario with the police officials.

The government Monday issued shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar. Railway officials said the running of at least 30 trains in the state had been severely affected. All inbound and outbound trains were halted at various stations between Guwahati to Alipurduar.

Rajdhani attacked

Fresh violence on Tuesday rocked the trouble-torn Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts in Assam where the Rajdhani Express was attacked by some persons even as the entire train services to and from the Northeast was hit.

Unidentified persons pelted stones and attacked the coaches of the Guwahati-bound Rajdhani Express at Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district damaging four coaches, though there was no casualty or injuries, North East Frontier Railway sources said here.

The train has been turned back and halted at Kamakhyaguri station bordering West Bengal, but the authorities were considering to take it to Coochbehar

(Agencies)

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