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    Renewed violence in Assam, 1 killed

    Tension mounted in Kokrajhar district under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam on Monday after a farmer was hacked to death at Banglabari village.

    Clashes between Bodo tribals and immigrant Muslims in Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang districts under BTAD between July and August had claimed 97 lives and rendered about 5 lakh people homeless.

    It prompted the state government to review the law and order situation in the Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD). "There are enough security personnel in BTAD. If the situation demands, we will send more," said state home secretary GD Tripathy.

    With the latest killing, the death toll in the district rose to three. On Saturday two persons were killed in separate incidents.

    The victim of Monday's violence was identified as Ali Hussain. In protest against police's failure to stop the killings, villagers of Banglabari and its adjoining areas resisted police's efforts to take away Hussain's body. The police finally overpowered the villagers and took the body to Tulisibeel police station, where villagers gathered to continue their protest.

    The police fired blanks to disperse the villagers but the angry mob took away the body and staged a rail blockade for an hour.
    Renewed violence in Assam, 1 killed - Hindustan Times

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    Violence in Assam continues, death toll rises to 11 in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts

    The law and order situation in troubled Kokrajhar district of Assam's Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) seems to be deteriorating further.

    Suspected militants attacked a house in the district late on Friday night, killing four persons - including a minor boy - on the spot, and injuring another minor boy.

    The fresh incidents took place at Jiaguri village in the district, even though indefinite curfew remains in force in the district. The Army has been carrying out flag marches in all sensitive areas of the district for three days.

    "A group of armed men sprayed bullets at the house of one Abbas Ali around 11 pm on Friday, killing four people on the spot. Another minor boy received bullet injuries on his hand," said the police.

    A woman who was injured after suspected militants opened indiscriminate fire at her house at Bamungaon in the district earlier on Friday evening, succumbed to injuries at a local hospital on Saturday morning.

    With five deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll in violence in Kokrajhar district rose to 11. The turbulence here began on Saturday last (Nov 10).

    Meanwhile, Kokrajhar police have arrested Mono Kumar Brahma, executive member of the Bodoland Territorial Council, which runs the administration in the BTAD on Saturday. The arrest was made from his residence in Kokrajhar town, after illegal arms and ammunition were found in his possession.

    A senior Assam Police official confirmed the arrest of Brahma and said that the police have also seized two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and 60 rounds of live ammunition from him.

    Brahma is a member of the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), which is in power in the Bodoland Territorial Council and also a partner with the ruling Congress in Assam.

    "Brahma is being questioned by our officers over his alleged role in the fresh violence and over the possession of illegal arms from his residence," said the official.

    The arrest and seizure of illegal arms and ammunition came in less than 24 hours after the Assam DGP J.N. Choudhury visited Kokrajhar, and asked forces to intensify operations against illegal arms and ammunition.

    The DGP, who had visited Kokrajhar on Friday, had also said that illegal arms and ammunition - which the BTAD allegedly stocks in huge quantities - is a big concern for forces deployed to contain violence in Kokrajhar.
    Violence in Assam continues, death toll rises to 11 in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts : Northeast, News - India Today

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    Violence in Assam continues, death toll rises to 11 in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts

    Police on Saturday arrested Bodo Territorial Council Executive member Mono Brahma at around 4.45 pm from his residence at Thengapara in Kokrajhar in connection with the murder of two persons at Salbari and Nalbari in Kokrajhar district on November 14.

    Police also claimed that an AK 47 was recovered from his house. Brahma's wife Renuprabha Brahma, however, told India Today that additional SP of Kokrajhar Surjit Singh himself kept the AK 47 their home.

    "Brahma was arrested on charges of involvement in the murder of two persons at Nalbari and Salbari. Police incidentally recovered arms while raiding his house," Assam Home Secretary GD Tripathi told media.

    Local media in Assam claimed that two other top leaders BTC Deputy Chief Kampa Borgayari and Executive Member Derhasat Basumatary have been placed under house arrest though district administration has rubbished such claims.

    "The district is under curfew, so everybody has to stay indoors. We have not put anyone under house arrest," said Kokrajhar DC. "I've heard that I would be arrested and security forces have been deployed around my home in Kokrajhar," Borgayari told India Today from Chirang district where he is camping at present.

    Tripathi, however, told India Today that the government has found evidences of the involvement of some top Bodo and Muslim leaders in the recent violence that erupted from November 10. "We have given free hand to the police to act against anyone found guilty," said Tripathi.

    Meanwhile, All India United Democratic Front chief Baduruddin Ajmal has appealed to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to take a call on continuing the party's coalition with the Bodoland People's Front despite the fact that evidences have been found to prove the involvement of Bodo leaders in the recent violence.

    The BPF is the only partner of the Congress-led Assam Government and has two ministers in the current Cabinet. Though Tarun Gogoi had absolute majority to form the government, he decided to make his pre-election coalition partner part of his government.

    The BPF is also in power at the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD).

    "The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have assured me that the government will do everything to maintain peace and bring the culprits to book. So I'm sure peace will return soon to the BTAD," Ajmal told India Today.
    Violence in Assam continues, death toll rises to 11 in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts : Northeast, News - India Today

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    Clashes in northeast India leave 17 dead as thousands flee

    GUWAHATI: Clashes between tribes in India's restive northeast Assam state have left 17 dead and forced thousands to flee, officials said Wednesday.

    Some 4,000 people have sought refuge in makeshift camps since fighting started in December in Karbi Anglong district, about 320 kilometres (199 miles) from the main city of Guwahati, a police spokesman said.

    The latest violence, between the Karbi and Rengma Naga tribes over attempts to grab land, has involved villagers being shot at close range and their bodies dumped in a jungle area, officials told AFP.

    “Most of the people have fled their homes out of fear following violent clashes between the two tribes that have been raging on in the past fortnight,” state water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu told AFP.

    Extra army, police, and paramilitary troopers have been deployed to prevent further clashes, said Pegu, who is overseeing security and relief operations in the district.

    Separatists belonging to the Karbi People's Liberation Tigers attacked a Rengma Naga village in late December, killing seven residents, police officials said.

    In a retaliatory attack, militants from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, which comprises Rengma Naga tribespeople, killed 10 Karbi villagers.

    Their bodies were found in an isolated jungle area near Dimapur, the commercial hub of adjoining Nagaland state, a police official said.

    “All the victims were first abducted, their hands tied and blindfolded and then shot at from close range with automatic weapons,” V.Z. Angami, police chief of Dimapur, told AFP.

    “There have been threats and counter-threats going on in the area with a sense of fear and hence the exodus of villagers from both communities,” local police official A. Das said.

    Northeast India, linked to the rest of the country by a narrow land bridge, has seen decades of unrest among ethnic and separatist groups.

    The region is home to dozens of tribal groups and small guerrilla armies that resist rule from New Delhi. Many are fighting for separate homelands for their tribes, and they often compete against each other.

    The minister blamed the latest violence on attempts by one tribal group to take control of land dominated by the other.

    “It is nothing but a turf war between the two tribes that has resulted in the clashes,” he said. “We are taking all precautions to prevent outbreaks of an ethnic clash in the area.”

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    Thousands flee deadly violence in Assam

    GUWAHATI: About 10,000 people have fled their homes in northeast India as violence surged over a border dispute that has left some 15 people dead, officials said on Thursday.

    Residents of remote Assam have sought shelter in makeshift camps set up by the state government after gunmen from neighbouring Nagaland launched attacks from across the border, a top official said.

    “About 10,000 people were rendered homeless after unidentified gunmen from the Nagaland side attacked Assam villagers and set ablaze hundreds of houses forcing them to flee,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters in Assam’s main city of Gauhati.

    Gogoi held crisis talks with his Nagaland counterpart and national junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday over the violence which erupted between the villagers earlier this month. Clashes have erupted periodically between residents of villages straddling the two states over grabbing land along the border, since the creation of Nagaland in the 1960s.

    Police fired on Wednesday on hundreds of angry protesters demonstrating in Assam’s Golaghat district against perceived government inaction over the violence, leaving three people dead. “A violent mob numbering about 4,000 armed with crude implements were on a rampage,” Assam police chief Khagen Sharma said.

    “To control we first resorted to baton charge, tear gas shelling, and finally opened fire in which three people were killed,” he told reporters, adding that about a dozen others were injured.

    The initial violence started on Aug 12 when the Nagaland villagers allegedly attacked the Assamese who retaliated, with clashes leaving some 12 people dead, an Assamese students’ group said.

    “We have confirmed reports of 12 deaths so far in the Aug 12 incident and have their names and other details although the government is putting the death toll at nine,” Monowar Hussain, leader of the All Assam Students’ Union, said.

    Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2014

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    Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his counterpart in Nagaland, Mr T.R. Zeliang, agreed here on Thursday to work out a joint mechanism to handle the situation arising from the issue of territory disputed between Assam and Nagaland to avoid the recurrence of any clashes.

    Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, who said the discussion took place in a very cordial atmosphere, added, “I would like to make an appeal to the people not to resort to economic blockades against each others. We have to co-exist.”

    Saying that they had also requested Assam and Nagaland to ensure undisturbed movement in the Northeast states, Mr Rijiju said, “As I belong to this region, I have special concern for the north-eastern states. Our government will not leave any stone unturned in helping the states restore peace and harmony in the trouble-torn areas of the region.”

    Mr Rijiju, who also attended the meeting of the Northeast Council, said the home ministry has agreed to provide additional companies of paramilitary forces to reinforce security in the disputed territory

    Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said both state governments have agreed to rehabilitate the people affected on both sides.

    On allegations against the CRPF, Mr Rijiju said, “The difference in perception about the role of the CRPF, acting as a neutral force, was due to a lack of confidence among the peoples of the two states.”

    A day after accusing New Delhi of not taking the Assam-Nagaland conflict seriously, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said here on Thursday that the Centre had taken up the issue very seriously. “I am happy that MoS home Kiren Rijiju was also present at the meeting between the chief ministers of Assam and Nagaland.”

    Mr Gogoi, who lauded New Delhi for its pro-active approach to resolving the conflict, said, “We the chief ministers of two states have agreed to meet frequently and facilitate officer-level meetings periodically to defuse the tension between the two states.” Mr Gogoi said both states have also agreed to act jointly to build confidence among the people living in disputed areas.

    Nagaland CM T.R. Zeliang also expressed satisfaction over the meeting and said the meeting had been fruitful. The two CMs announced that they were sincere about their approach to resolve this conflict.

    The meeting was also attended by joint secretary in the home ministry Shambhu Singh, who told this newspaper that their priority has been to restore peace and harmony in the trouble-torn areas of Assam and Nagaland. Meanwhile, the situation in the curfew-bound district of Golaghat was limping back to normal.
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    A harvest of horror and shame

    Women are the worst sufferers in the violence perpetrated during the recent communal riots and other upheavals in Uttar Pradesh.

    In the wake of the riots that shook north India, I found myself in one of the many kafilas which travelled the tortuous road across Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh. As a Member of the Planning Commission, I demanded answers from the district administration. In the commission, I was in charge of the welfare of the minorities as well as that of women and children. I went there with my colleague, a young lawyer, in the wake of the communal flares which had erased every pretension of the region being a part of a civilised world.

    What we heard from the victims were accounts of not only about the killing, the burning and the maiming of people, but also about the redeployment of an age-old weapon — women’s bodies, which were used as instruments for the redemption of male honour. In the villages of Shamli and Muzaffarnagar, women quietly recounted the horrors of the violation of their bodies which man after man had forced himself on. Graphic accounts were recorded by brave journalists, which are available in the public domain; girls watching their mothers being gang-raped, rods being inserted into women’s bodies, and other horrific accounts of violation of the extreme form.

    The slogan doing the rounds there was: “Musalmanon ke do hi sthan, Pakistan ya qabristan” (“Only two places for Muslims: Pakistan of graveyard”).

    In the past year, similar other incidents have been recorded, and with new twists and turns. The Meerut gangrape was an example where the focus was on a Hindu girl and a Muslim man. The scene of crime was alleged to have been a madrassa, where the girl was first raped and then converted. Nothing could have been a worse violation of social norms. There was more horror in the Hindi version of the story which explained a scar on the girl’s abdomen as “kidney nikalney ki ashanka” (suspicion of kidney removal). The question since then has been this: was it a case of rape or not? In the case of the Badaun sisters, it is the same question again. Were they gang-raped? The truth about violence against women is that it is deliberately left vague, in case it needs to be tweaked later.

    As I was writing this piece, news reports brought forth more revelations about the Loni rape case which involved a nine-year-old Hindu girl and a 60-year-old Muslim man. While an examination of the child revealed no rape, the crowds had already gone on a rampage, indulging in looting and burning. An auto driver was shot to death a kilometre away from the spot; it is alleged that this shooting was in retaliation for the crime. The driver’s Muslim identity has been revealed; his name was Jameel. While the assailant has been identified by Jameel’s brother, his name has not been revealed and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Dharmendra Singh, has been quoted as saying that he is not sure of his mazhab.

    Familiar stories
    Uttar Pradesh has become the rape and kill centre (I cannot think of a better word) of the second decade of the 21st century. At a meeting just after my visit to Muzaffarnagar, I was haunted by the chilling words of a senior journalist: “You think you have seen the worst, but, believe me, you haven’t seen it all. Wait until the cane is harvested. Then you can start counting the bodies which will show up as bones.” Evidence of this assertion has been featured in newspapers all year.

    My prayer is that the Uttar Pradesh of 2014 does not become the Gujarat of 2002.

    In 2002, I was a member of a six-woman team that went to Gujarat, days after the burning of the Sabarmati Express and the carnage that followed. We wanted to find out what had happened to women, post-Godhra. We went from camp to camp, to Shah Alam, Vatva, Halol, Kalol, Memdabad, Gulberg and Bahar Colony. We drove to camps in Sabarkantha, Banaskantha and Mehsana. Everywhere we went, we talked to women and girls; the stories were exactly the same as I heard 12 years later in the worst-affected villages of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. Only this time it was in Lakh Bawdi, Lisad, Phugana, Kutba Kutbi, Kirana, Budhana and Bahawdi.

    What is happening to my Uttar Pradesh, and to my country? Where will it lead us to? I ask this with my lens as that of an Indian, a Muslim and a woman.

    I am a biographer of the man who should have been the undisputed leader of Muslims in this country — Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. (He would have not liked my saying “leader of Muslims” because he regarded not just Muslims but every quom as his own.) I recall his speech as Congress President, delivered in 1940 at the Ramgarh Session. Addressing a mammoth gathering, he spoke words which need to be remembered in the present context: “I am a Muslim and profoundly conscious of the fact that I have inherited Islam’s glorious traditions of the last thirteen hundred years ... I am equally proud of the fact that I am an Indian, an essential part of the indivisible unity of Indian nationhood, a vital factor in its total make-up without which this noble edifice will remain incomplete ….”

    He then spoke of the Indian ethos; words which should have been in every school textbook are now obviated from collective memory: “This thousand years of our joint life has moulded us into a common nationality. This cannot be done artificially. Nature does her fashioning through her hidden processes in the course of centuries. The cast has now been moulded and destiny has set her seal upon it.”

    Years after these words were spoken from Ramgarh in Bihar, the soil of Uttar Pradesh has borne witness to a different set of words — qabristan or Pakistan.

    Seven years after the Ramgarh speech, Azad stood on the steps of the Jama Masjid and admonished Muslims who, struck by the terror of killings by frenzied mobs, were running away to the newly formed state across the border. He asked them: “Come, today let us pledge that this country is ours, we belong to it and any fundamental decision about its destiny will remain incomplete without our consent.” The crowds stopped in their tracks. Hejrat to another land was halted by the words of one who spoke on behalf of the entire nation.

    Those were different times.

    Falling behind
    Today, other realities have taken over. In all these years, Muslims have fallen behind the rest of the country as far as every socio-economic indicator is concerned. Successive governments have been trying to include them in the development paradigm. Their leaders have tried many strategies to empower them. Formations such as the Pasmanda Muslim Samaj have tried to get benefits from the state as well as create alliances and political formations. The word pasmanda means backward; it is a word which is equally applicable to Dalits who fit the meaning.

    In Uttar Pradesh, this formation had a chance of gaining political strength by aligning with the Bahujan Samaj. That came a cropper. The Yadavs pitted themselves against Muslims; Jat identity was repackaged as a part of a larger Hindu one. And, their enmity played out on the bodies of women. Stories of Muslim boys abducting Hindu girls were given the title, “love jihad.” Khap panchayats held meetings where strategies were devised to counter this trend. Youth on both sides, Muslim and Hindu, were psyched to sacrifice their lives to defend the honour of their sisters.

    What does this build-up bode for this country of crores of people of diverse faiths, ethnicities, classes and castes? What does it bode for the South Asian region, at once most vibrant and most troubled? What does it bode for women across all divides of caste, creed and religion who are violated every day, in every context and conflict?

    The lines from Faiz Ahmed Faiz say it all:

    Saje tau kaise saje qatl e aam ka mela?

    Kisey lubhaye ga mere badan ka wavaila?

    Mere nizaar badan mein lahu hi kitna hai?

    Chiragh ho koi raushan na koi jaam bhare

    Na us se aag hi bhadke na us se pyaas bujhe

    How will these mass killings be


    Who will heed the moaning of my hurt


    There is hardly blood in my frail body —

    It can light no lamp, fill no goblet

    It can quench no fire, slake no thirst.

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