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    Why ar the G of India not a lot more pro active and linking up with the Indian media? They should be coming out with statements and even video footage of things returning to normal instead of going on stupid strikes and wasting time.

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    North-easterner are you from the effected area? If so could you give us your thoughts and what's going on? Are things calming down. Are communities trying to pull together etc?

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    5 Muslims killed in new unrest in NE India

    Five Muslims were murdered in northeast India by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes, police said Sunday.
    "A group of seven Muslim villagers in two vehicles were returning home from a relief camp when they came under attack," said Sanjit Krishna, police chief of the western Chirang district, in Assam state.

    Five were found dead near Choudhurypara village, about 220 kilometres (130 miles) from Assam's main city of Guwahati, while police are trying to trace the other two.

    The party had apparently been trying to reach their village after a few days of calm in the area and had dared to venture out on Saturday from their guarded government relief camp.
    An estimated 90 people have died and 400,000 people from both communities are taking refuge in camps spread across four western Assamese districts of Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Baksa.

    In a separate incident early on Sunday, four Muslim villagers were wounded in an attack by tribal Bodos in Kokrajhar.

    The wave of violence, a recurrence of problems that have plagued the volatile region for decades, has had far-reaching consequences in India.

    Rumours that migrants from the northeast, who travel widely in India to study or work, would be attacked by Muslims in retaliation for the violence in Assam saw tens of thousands flee southern cities such as Bangalore.

    The government has since unveiled wide-ranging efforts to counter Internet content seen as fanning the panic, with orders given to block hundreds of websites and webpages.

    The orders even covered material found on the websites of reputed media organisations such as Australia's ABC network or London's The Daily Telegraph, leading to allegations of censorship.

    The government also ordered the blocking of half a dozen fake Twitter accounts mimicking the prime minister and targeted two journalists.
    Five killed in new unrest in NE India - Yahoo! News
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    Its so sad that this tends to on the whole be overlooked in mainstream media
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    Special Guwahati-Bangalore Train to Run Sep 1



    A special train from Guwahati to Bangalore will run Sep 1 to help people from the northeast return to their places of study or work in southern states after their mass exodus over fear of attacks. The train, with 14 sleeper class coaches, will leave Guwahati railway station at 1.15 p.m. Saturday, said a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official Wednesday. The train service is being started after the Assam government asked the railways to help thousands of students and workers who had arrived home from Bangalore, Hyderabad and other southern cities following rumours of a backlash over the ethnic clashes in Assam.
    A railway official said they might run more such trains if there was a demand. KarnatakaDeputy Chief Minister R. Ashoka visited Assam and Manipur Aug 25-26 to assure northeastern states of the security in Bangalore and requested the people to return and resume their work and studies. Ashoka asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to arrange for special trains to facilitatethe return of the people to Bangalore and other places.
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    Special Guwahati-Bangalore Train to Run Sep 1 | Northeast Today


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    North-easterner are you from the effected area?
    No. Actually I am not from Assam. Assam is our neighbour state.

    If so could you give us your thoughts and what's going on? Are things calming down.
    If you exclude few incident then every thing is calming down.

    Are communities trying to pull together etc?
    off Coarse. Few people flaming this riots for their political gain. And that include violent protest in Mumbai and UP.
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    I have a friend that keeps telling me his frustrations that things are calming down. Why are the G of I so laid back and not having a big publicity campaign informing all of the returning of normality? Would make sense?

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    Assam : 7 more bodies recovered, bandhs banned

    Guwahati, Aug 29 : The toll in continuing violence in Assam mounted to 95 today with the recovery of seven bodies even as a new district was brought under indefinite curfew and the Government called for a ban on bandhs for a month.

    Two bodies were recovered from Dhemaji and five others from Dhubri, Chirang, Baksa and Kokrajhar districts late last night and this morning, official sources said, adding most of the bodies were those of relief camp refugees.

    “The toll now stands at 95,” Assam IGP (Law and Order) L R Bishnoi told PTI.

    “Army is staging flag marches and police and security forces are maintaining 24-hour vigil in the disturbed areas,” he said.

    Indefinite curfew was clamped from 5 pm in Sonitpur in central Assam, which witnessed violence yesterday during the bandh called by the All Assam Minority Students’ Union, the fifth district to be brought under curfew. Night curfew was continuing in Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts.

    Meanwhile, with the Centre worried over some organisations trying to stoke social tension by calling bandhs, the state government officially declared a ban on all shutdowns for a month.

    “The decision to impose a ban on bandhs was taken during a meeting of a high-powered committee on law and order headed by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,” government spokesman Nilomoni Sen Deka said.

    Ninety per cent of violence in the state was due to frequent bandh calls which have also crippled the economy, Deka said and appealed to civil societies and NGOs not to call bandhs which disrupt public life.

    Gogoi said the army, assisting the civil administration in violence-hit districts, would seize illegal arms. “The army is out and is helping us. It has been given full powers to seize illegal arms and ammunition and I believe we will get results very soon.”

    The army has been put in action in Chirang and Bongaigaon and would soon conduct similar operations in the other districts, he said.

    The army, engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the state, was requisitioned by the state government from July 25 to assist the civil administration in quelling violence in lower Assam.

    Bishnoi said three persons were arrested in Sonitpur for attacks on scribes during the yesterday’s bandh in which five of them were assaulted and injured.

    Meanwhile, principal Opposition party AIUDF alleged that both the central and state governments have failed in maintaining law and order situation. “The state government has lost control over the Bodoland Territorial Council area and the Centre has also not done enough. If the government cannot protect the lives and property of the common people, what is the use of having such regime,” AIUDF General Secretary Aditya Langthasa told reporters.

    The BJP demanded the dismissal of the Gogoi government for its “failure” in maintaining the law and order.

    “The Tarun Gogoi government has lost control over the situation. Gogoi is not ruling the state. Assam is now being run by fundamentalists, extremists, anti-socials and lumpen elements,” BJP national Vice President Bijoya Chakraborty said.
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    Assam: Riot-hit return to relief camps


    GUWAHATI: Riot-hit Assam is quiet for two days now but more than 9,000 displaced Bengali-speaking Muslims, who had returned to their homes from relief camps over the last couple of weeks, have fled their homes yet again in the past 24 hours in Kokrajhar district, the epicenter of the conflict.

    The Kokrajhar district administration has now set up four new additional camps in Gosaigaon sub-division to house these 9,985 people, a home department status report said.

    The fleeing of these people came even as the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and the group of ministers (GOM) on Wednesday chalked out a two-phase rehabilitation plan for the riot-affected Bengali-speaking Muslims, who fled Bodo pockets and are now in relief camps. The state government on Friday accepted the joint decision taken by the BTC and GoM.

    Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Jayant Narlikar told TOI on Friday, "These people had gone back to their homes from different relief camps but they have come back again to relief camps. They feel they are still low in confidence to stay back in their homes."

    With the addition of these 9,985 people the total number of relief camp inmates in four districts of Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Bongaigaon and Chirang stood at 2,40,090 as on Friday. Elsewhere in the state, 5,104 people have left relief camps in Chirang district and 144 in Bongaigaon district.

    Narlikar said, "We are in the process of starting the assessment for the rehabilitation of the displaced people. At present, the land document records are being compiled."

    According to the BTC and GoM joint decision, in the first phase only those who posses land ownership documents in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) and have their or their predecessors' names in 1971 voters list would be rehabilitated in BTC.

    Agriculture minister and government spokesman Nilamani Sen Deka, who is a member of the GoM said, "The GoM has formally presented Wednesday's decision on the rehabilitation to the government. We now have to find a formula for the rehabilitation of those inmates of relief camps, who have neither land documents nor their names in the voters list."

    Assam: Riot-hit return to relief camps - The Times of India

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    Trouble in Assam again, 1 killed in Dhubri

    One person was killed and two were injured in fresh violence in west Assam’s Dhubri district on Saturday evening, shattering the slow process of return to normalcy after Bodo-Muslim clashes in July and August.

    Police said a petrol bomb was lobbed at a house in Dhubri town, leading to clashes between two groups.
    “Of the three persons injured, one died on the way to hospital,” said LR Vishnoi, IG (law and order) of Assam Police.

    Police clamped indefinite curfew from 7pm in Dhubri and the army conducted flag march in sensitive pockets of the town.

    Tension had gripped Dhubri, bordering Bangladesh, in the morning following theft from a temple, which was also desecrated, on Friday night even though curfew was in place.

    Protesting the theft and vandalism, thousands came out on the streets and forced shops to down shutters. Police had to fire blanks to disperse a stone-throwing mob.

    Dhubri was one of the districts hit in the recent ethnic clashes in which 97 people were killed and more than 4 lakh displaced.


    CRPF jawan killed in grenade attack, 11 injured

    A CRPF jawan was killed and 11 including three troopers from the force were injured after a grenade attack in Guwahati on Saturday.

    Two suspected militants on a motorcycle lobbed the grenade at a CRPF picket party at 7.45pm in busy Paltan Bazar area. Eight civilians were injured in the blast.
    Trouble in Assam again, 1 killed in Dhubri - Hindustan Times

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    I think with the current blanket press coverage it hasnt helped out all.

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    1 killed, 7 injured in Assam blast; security on alert

    One person was killed and seven others were injured when a blast rocked Sibsagar town in Assam on Monday night. Police said the blast, suspected to be caused by an IED, was triggered between Central Market and Lakshmi talkies in the heart of the headquarters town of Sibsagar district at 9 p.m.

    Eight people were hurt and taken to Sibsagar Civil Hospital or another private hospital nearby and one of the injured Nirod Das (32) later died at the civil hospital.

    Glass panes of some nearby constructions were broken by the impact of the blast. The blast could have caused higher casualty had it taken place an hour ago when the place was teeming with people.

    Meanwhile, security arrangements have been stepped up across the city after the Intelligence Agencies recently warned the city police about possible strikes by anti talk ULFA faction.

    According to reports, the outfit is trying to ferry in large quantity of explosives in two vans to strike Guwahati. Security forces have been put on high alert and vehicles are being thoroughly frisked to avoid any untoward incident.

    The entry and exit routes to Guwahati have been sealed. Interacting with reporters here, Sr. SP A.P. Tiwari, said that they won’t allow ULFA to target Guwahati.
    1 killed, 7 injured in Assam blast; security on alert : Nagaland Post

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    17 injured as Dima Hasao bandh turns violent

    SILCHAR: The 48-hour Dima Hasao district bandh called by Indigenous People's Forum (IPF), a tribal body, turned violent on the second day on Friday when clashes erupted between bandh supporters and cadres of DHD (J), a surrendered militant outfit, at Sarkaribagan locality of Haflong.

    Police fired a few rounds in the air to contain the violence. Seventeen people, including four police personnel, eight bandh supporters and five DHD (J) cadres were injured in the clash. DC (Dima Hasao) Barun Bhuiyan has clamped an indefinite curfew in Haflong police station area to bring the situation under control.

    A senior police officer in Haflong said at 11 am on Friday, members of IPF, Indigenous Women Forum, Indigenous Students' Forum and Indigenous Village Chiefs' Forum started pelting stones at the designated camp of surrendered DHD (J) militants at Sarkaribagan locality on the outskirts of Haflong.

    The members of DHD (J) then came out and engaged in a clash with those who were pelting stones. Police rushed to the spot and wielded batons to disperse the unruly mob and also opened fire in the air. All the injured were admitted to Haflong Civil Hospital. However, two of them, including a DHD (J) member and the president of Indigenous Women's Forum, were sent to Gauhati Medical College Hospital as the condition of the duo is stated to be serious.

    SP (Dima Hasao) Mugdha Joyti Mahanta said although there is tension in the hill station, the situation is under control. The non-Dimasa tribal bodies called the bandh from 5 am on Thursday to 5 am on Saturday to highlight their protest against the government's proposed accord with DHD and DHD(J), the surrendered militant outfits. The bandh evoked partial response in the district.
    17 injured as Dima Hasao bandh turns violent - The Times of India

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    Who is to blame for India's ethnic unrest?

    India has accused neighbouring Pakistan of fabricating threatening messages – sent by mobile phones and over the internet – that triggered a panic among migrant workers in southern Indian cities, driving thousands to flee their homes.

    "India, before it points its fingers at Pakistan, whether or not that is legitimate, needs to set its own house in order. There is rampant racism and absolute failure of the state …[and] an extremely casual attitude [toward] the security of young migrants from the northeast."

    - Subir Sinha, a senior lecturer, SOAS

    The messages threatened revenge attacks by Muslims against people from indigenous communities in the northeastern state of Assam.

    As a result India has banned bulk messaging services for 15 days.

    In July, violence in Assam between the predominantly Hindu Bodo tribe and Muslim groups resulted in the deaths of at least 77 people.

    The clashes also displaced an estimated 400,000 people, mostly Muslims of Bangladeshi origin. A refugee camp has been set up in Jalpaiguri area of West Bengal.

    The Bodo claim the Muslims, who are mainly from Bangladesh and make up most of the immigrants in Assam, are trying to take their land.

    The state of Assam is home to more than 200 ethnic and tribal groups.

    Al Jazeera's Casey Kauffman reporting on the panic situation says Indian authorities have blocked several websites in Pakistan that show images of people allegedly killed in revenge attacks over the violence in Assam.

    "Some of the pictures are morphed, picked up from Myanmar and other countries and distributed, that's what made the government angry … they were taken aback on the way the social media sites suddenly started multiplying it."

    - KC Singh, a former Indian diplomat

    Indian authorities have reportedly arrested four men in Bangalore and seized computers and mobile phones which had been used to send fake images from Assam.

    In this episode, Inside Story asks: How much of these latest allegations by India against Pakistan are true? And how will this affect the never-ending trouble between the two countries?

    Joining the discussion with presenter Ghida Fakhry are guests: KC Singh, a former Indian diplomat; Subir Sinha, a senior lecturer in Institutions and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies; and Ahmed Quraishi, a columnist with News International and a Pakistan affairs analyst.

    "This is clearly an issue of ethnic tensions inside India that Pakistan has nothing to do with, there is no case of any Pakistani meddling in this matter … unless the Indian interior ministry comes up with some evidence, this is absolutely ridiculous."

    Ahmed Quraishi, a Pakistan affairs analyst

    ETHNIC TENSIONS IN ASSAM STATE:

    Since the late 1970s, there have been protests against illegal migration from Bangladesh. The All Assam Students Union was one of the main groups campaigning against illegal immigration from Bangladesh.

    In 1983, more than 2,000 Muslim women, men and children were killed in Nellie district.
    The Assam Accords in 1985 provided for the sealing off of the border, and the setting up of a national citizens database using DNA testing to determine citizenship.

    Failure to implement the provisions in the accord has been blamed for the continued violence.
    In 1994, a relief camp for migrants was attacked in Barpeta district, killing at least 100 people. Thousands more have since been made homeless.
    Who is to blame for India's ethnic unrest? - Inside Story - Al Jazeera English

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    One killed, three injured in grenade attack

    GUWAHATI, Oct 24 (IANS): One person was killed and three others were injured when suspected militants carried out a grenade attack in Chirang district of Assam's Bodo areas late Wednesday, police said.

    A senior Assam Police official told IANS that the incident took place near the railway tracks in Basugaon area in Chirang, 150 km away from Assam's main city Guwahati and is one of the four districts of Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD).

    Police said two grenades were lobbed but one of them failed to explode and was recovered from the site.

    Investigations are on to find out the particular militant outfit involved in the blast, they added.

    Chirang was one of the three districts hit by the recent clashes between the Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers.
    The Assam Tribune Online

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    Four killed in fresh Assam violence; curfew continues in Kokrajhar

    GUWAHATI: Bodoland area in lower Assam witnessed fresh trouble with the killing of four persons by armed assailants in Jiaguri even as police arrested a member of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District in connection with the killing.

    The assailants fired randomly on a group of persons at Jiaguri in Kokrajhar police station in which four persons were killed late on Friday night, inspector general of police (BTAD) S N Singh said.

    "Monokumar Brahma alias Jalja, a member of BTAD, was arrested early today in connection with the killing," he said.

    "Two AK-47 rifles, magazines of AK-47 rifles and 60 rounds of assorted ammunition were seized from his bedroom. He is currently being interrogated," he said.

    Indefinite curfew has been continuing in Kokrajhar district as violence flared up in the area again, the police said.

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    Army called in after two more deaths in Kokrajhar

    Guwahati: Army has staged flag march in Kokrajhar town while indefinte curfew was clamped in the entire Kokrajhar district under Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council (BTC) area in Assam following two fresh incidents of murder in the district on Thursday morning.

    A senior police official informed that an unidentified miscreant shot dead one Nelson Basumatary, a petty businessman, at Telepara under Gossaingaon police station of Gossaingaon sub-division of Kokrajhar district at around 7:30am on Thursday while in another incident one trader Abul Kalam was stabbed to death at Kokrajhar Weekly market at Kokrajhar town at around 8:45 am creating panic among traders and market goers.

    As both the incidents precepitated tension in the area the district administration imposed indefinite curfew in the entire Kokrajhar district to prevent further incidents of violence.

    The Army was called out in no time to stage flag march and assist the administration in maintaining law and order in the district that was still recovering from the spell of communal riot that swept past the BTC area in July this year rendering over 4.70 lakh people homeless while over 100 were killed.

    The death toll due to fresh incidents of violence in Kokrajhar district since November 10 last has gone up to six while the toll for the entire BTC has mounted to eight following the two deaths on Wednesday.

    Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has rushed the parliamentary secretaries for home department, Rana Goswami and Bhupen Bora to monitor the action taken by the administration in the BTC to contain spread of violence in the area while Additional DGP (Law and Order) AP Raut has been deputed to the area to supervise the police operation.
    Army called in after two more deaths in Kokrajhar | The Shillong Times

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