Uriamghat, Aug. 18: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi beat a hasty retreat from a relief camp here today after angry inmates, who had fled their homes following violence on the Nagaland border, heckled him and stoned his convoy.
Gogoi’s security guards had to fire three rounds in the air to get him safely back in his vehicle, which sped away quickly from the spot near the inter-state border.
The crowd’s stones damaged three cars in the motorcade, including that carrying lawmaker Bishmita Gogoi, before a police baton-charge dispersed the mob.
A man’s decomposed body was found at a village today, raising the death toll in the clashes to 14. The Assam-Nagaland border is prone to violence, and the latest flare-up stemmed from the disappearance of two children from the Assam side.
Gogoi arrived at the nearby Sarupathar railway station on the Kamakhya Express and reached the relief camp, sheltering about 4,000 people, around noon. Angry inmates confronted him, alleging the government had failed to control the situation.
They said that instead of visiting relief camps, the chief minister should have gone to the violence-affected areas for a first-hand view. After spending barely 10 minutes at the camp, Gogoi had to hasten back to his car. He later visited a smaller relief camp in Sarupathar town.