PM, HM express grief over Assam deaths

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by falling of an electric cable in Assam's Tinsukia district and asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take suitable steps.

 

Singh immediately talked to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who apprised him of the situation. "PM @narendramodi expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by falling of an electric cable in Assam's Tinsukia district," PMO tweeted.

"PM prays that those injured recover quickly. PM spoke to Home Minister @BJPRajnathSingh ji on the situation," the PMO said in another tweet.

 

At least 11 people were killed and 20 others were seriously injured when a high voltage wire hit by bullets fell on demonstrators as police fired in the air to disperse them at Panjeree in upper Assam today.

 

Police said the incident took place when a large number of protesters armed with machetes and sticks pelted stones at Panjeree Police Station in Tinsukia district and tried to gherao it demanding that those arrested in connection with the killing of two persons in the area three days ago be handed over to them.

 

They threw stones and broke glass panes of the police station. Police then fired in the air to control the mob and the bullets hit an overhead high tension electric wire causing it to fall on the demonstrators. IANS