Singh, who is keeping a close watch on the situation, spoke to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, directing them to take urgent steps to restore normalcy in the disturbed areas, the PMO said.
   
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the violence in Assam in which many precious lives have been lost and a large number of people injured," the PMO said in a statement.
   
Singh expressed ‘shock and grief’ and said ‘such attacks are cowardly attempts to spread fear and terror among our citizens’.
    
Urging people to remain calm and ignore rumours, the Prime Minister said the Centre and the state government will take all measures to maintain law and order and restore normalcy.
   
"The government stands committed to fighting terror in all its forms. The Central government will assist the state government in taking all measures to defeat the forces of terrorism," the statement quoted him as saying.
   
"The people of Assam have been braving terrorist attacks with courage and fortitude in the past. They have voted in large numbers in the polling for the general elections and I am confident they will continue to fight terror resolutely," said Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha.
   
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister was briefed by National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon on the issue.

At least 32 people have been killed in violence unleashed by NDFB-Songbijit militants in Bodoland Territorial Administration Districts (BTADC) area in Assam.

(JPN/Agencies)

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