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CM Himanta’s zero-tolerance pledge against crime has drawn comparisons with Yogi Adityanath. But some experts say Assam Police’s ‘insurgency hangover’ is also to blame for spate of encounters.
Videos of purported face-off on social media show police personnel in riot gear, armed with sticks and guns. Local activists and politicians hit out at Assam government and police.
NCRB data shows that Assam ranked third on both cyber crime case growth and crime rate lists. But its trends diverged significantly from the rest of the country.
The incident occurred when a camp of United Liberation of Bodoland (ULB), a militant group formed earlier this week, was busted during an operation Friday, police said.
Under the National Ayush Mission (NAM), the Centre has now given Rs 70 crore to state governments to open Ayush colleges, up from Rs 9 crore, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
The proposed project will cost Rs 12,807 crore and is a greenfield alignment to provide a direct link between Gohpur and Numaligarh. It will protect the Kaziranga National Park.
Former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal's statement came two days after a boat headed to Majuli sank in the Brahmaputra river after hitting a ferry in Jorhat district, killing one person.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also banned use of single-engine boats and said a high-level probe will be announced to find the cause of the accident, in which one person has died.
More than 120 passengers were on board the boat that capsized in Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, but many of them were rescued by a govt-owned ferry coming from Majuli, an official said.
A special package of around Rs 1,000 crores was sanctioned by Home Minister Amit Shah for developmental projects in the Karbi areas Saturday.