Guwahati: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday admitted to his government's lapses for the violence in Goalpara and Kamrup districts during the panchayat polls in Assam, that killed 19 people.

"While 13 of them were killed due to police and security forces firing, another six were killed in attacks by the miscreants," Gogoi said. Security personnel resorted to firing after a mob attacked officials in Goalpara who were in the area to conduct the third round of panchayat polling on Tuesday. Violence also took place in Kamrup, but all the 19 people, including six women, were killed in Goalpara.

Many others were injured. The Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas fall in the two districts. There were "political forces" which instigated the miscreants to carry out violence during the panchayat polls in the RHAC areas on Tuesday in Goalpara, Gogoi said.

Indefinite curfew has been imposed in the RHAC areas since Tuesday and the government has ordered a judicial probe into the violence."We are also going to request the CBI to conduct a probe into Tuesday's violence in RHAC areas," Gogoi told reporters.

He said the situation is under control as of now and that the last incident of violence was reported from the areas at 11.20 pm on Tuesday."I admit that there had been lapses. Adequate security deployment had not been done in some areas where the miscreants took advantage," he said. "The violence must have been planned in advance, otherwise how can thousands of people could come out to streets with weapons," Gogoi said.

The chief minister, however, defended his government's move to hold panchayat polls in the RHAC areas. "We are committed to democratic principles and were only performing our constitutional duty by holding the panchayat polls in RHAC areas," Gogoi said.


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