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4 more held in Kokrajhar

File picture of a woman and her child at a relief camp in Kokrajhar

Bongaigaon, Dec. 13: The CBI has arrested four more persons for the 2012 Kokrajhar riots, taking the number of persons apprehended to 33.

The investigation agency also initiated the second phase of probe into the BTAD clashes on Wednesday, six months after completing the first phase, CBI sources said.

The four, who were arrested from various locations in Kokrajhar district on Wednesday, have been identified as Manjit Basumatary, son of Lakkhinath Basumatary of North Basbari, Prakash Sonar, son of Dhanbahadur Sonar of Balajan Tiniali, Compandar Basumatary, son of Dilip Basumatary of Sembapara, and Saratsingh Narzary, son of Thaneswar Narzary of Karigaon, all in Kokrajhar district, the sources said today.

They were produced before the chief judicial magistrate at Bongaigaon court yesterday and were sent to a three-day CBI remand.

The quartet was arrested in connection with the killing of an autorickshaw driver Moinul Islam and his helper Amir Ali, both residents of Borpathar in Bongaigaon district, on July 4, 2012. The bodies were found on the bank of Champa river, bordering Chirang district, the next day. The autorickshaw was recovered from a petrol pump at Karigaon in Kokrajhar. Moinul and Amir were ferrying commuters to Karigaon when the BTAD clash was at its peak. After reaching Karigaon, they went missing, the sources said.

At present, 29 accused in the riots are out on bail.

The BTAD clashes had left over 114 dead and nearly four lakh displaced in Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts. It left both Delhi and Dispur shaken because its ripples were felt in Hyderabad and Bangalore, among other places.

The CBI, which is probing seven cases related to the riots, filed two chargesheets in May. The first relates to the killing of four former cadres of the disbanded Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) at Joypur in Kokrajhar district on July 20, 2012 and the second to a clash between two groups in Chirang district on July 22, 2012.

The BLT cadres were hacked to death by a mob in the presence of police. The CBI arrested 29 accused, including All BTAD Minority Student Union adviser Moinul Haque, in this connection and sent them to jail.

The CBI team conducting the probe into the BTAD clashes is based at Dhaligaon in Chirang, where the four youths arrested on Wednesday have been kept in custody.

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