Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday apprised Congress president Sonia Gandhi of the situation in the massacre-hit Bodo Territorial Administration Districts of Baska and Kokrajhar when she rang up him and assured him of help.

The police have registered five cases in connection with the killings and arrested 26 persons.

In Sonitpur and Udalguri districts, three National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit) militants were killed in two encounters with a joint team of the police, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Army.

The police said the outfit had carried out the massacres in Baska and Korajahar on Thursday and Friday to avenge the killing of three of their cadres in an encounter in Sonitpur on Wednesday. However, the affected people, the All India United Democratic Front, which is the major Opposition party in the State, the Sanmilita Janagosthiya Aikyamancha (SJA) and some of its constituent organisations pointed a finger at the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), the ruling party in the BTAD.

They alleged that the former cadres of the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) had carried out the attacks on Muslim families as a BPF legislator and senior leader, Pramila Rani Brahma, had alleged that the party candidate from the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency, Chandan Brahma, was likely to lose the elections as the majority Muslims had not voted for him. Ms. Brahma later withdrew the statement on a party directive. The BPF was formed by former leaders of the erstwhile BLT.

The BPF, however, denied any involvement of those cadres and maintained that the massacre of Muslims had nothing to do with the election.

The Kokrajhar constituency has six lakh Bodo voters and nine lakh others, with Muslims accounting for four lakh. Mr. Brahma and the party’s Rajya Sabha member, Biswajit Daimary, said the BPF would take legal recourse to establish that the allegation against it was baseless and made to malign the party, a coalition partner of the Congress in the State.

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