Over 33 people were dead in the continuing violent clash in Assam between Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers from Bangladesh. More than 1,70,000 terror-stricken people fled their homes in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts and taken shelter in 121 relief camps.
Yesterday, Police opened fire on rioters burning property in the Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar district, killing four people, police inspector general S.N. Singh told media personnel. In spite of Shoot at Sight orders and curfew imposed, hundreds of Armed men were found attacking villages and blazing them.
Some of the incidents happened in front of the Police who was found more helpless than the fleeing people due to lack of sufficient force. About 500 villages have been destroyed by arson, said police while locals claim that the actual number is far more.
The violence that started on Friday has left 32 dead so far but state police chief JN Choudhury said it would take “three or four days” to restore order. Tensions between Bodos and Muslims over control of land and settlements have been simmering for a long time.
Clashes broke out Friday night when four Bodo tribals were allegedly hacked to death by residents of a Muslim-dominated village in Kokrajhar.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi to “do everything possible” to control the situation.....
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