The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by top officials of ministries of Home, Defence and paramilitary forces, sources said.

"This was an act of terror and we will deal with it accordingly... whatever action is required, we will take," Rajnath Singh told reporters after the meeting.

Describing the attack on Adivasi villagers by the Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), as "very unfortunate and cowardly act", he said 50 companies (5000 personnel) of paramilitary forces have been rushed to Assam to assist the state government to deal with the situation arising out of the violence in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts.

The sources said army, which has its 4 Corps headquarters in Sonitpur district, has been asked to mobilise troops for the operations against the NDFB militants.

Singh, accompanied by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, will take stock of the situation there in the evening following a directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gogoi flays Assam Chief Secy's leisure trip after serial attacks
      
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi criticised State Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla for continuing his family tour and enjoying an elephant ride at Kaziranga National Park even after massacres of adivasis by NDFB(S) terrorists in three districts.
      
"That is not good on the chief secretary's part. He should have immediately come back," Gogoi said at a press conference here.
      
Local TV channels have been reporting Khosla's trip along with visuals of elephant ride with his family this morning at the Kaziranga National Park.
      
At least 70 persons were killed and 15 injured in a series of attacks by NDFB(S) terrorists last night at six places in Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam.
      
Besides, three persons were killed this morning when police opened fire on violent protesters in Sonitpur.
 
Around 2,500 people have fled their homes and are staying in relief camps after the attacks, official sources said.

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