Assam violence: 2 lakh take shelter in relief camps

  • Digambar Patowary, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 23:40 IST

Though tension continued in violence-hit BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area District) and Sonitpur district of Assam, there has been no violence during last twenty four hours.

The situation has improved as Army, paramilitary forces and police intensify operation against the banned NDFB (S) (National Democratic Front of Bodoland – Sangbijit).

In four districts of BTAD, police and paramilitary forces arrested 75 people for their alleged role in rioting. “Additional forces have arrived and their deployments are on. With operation against ultras, confidence building measures between Bodos and Adivasis people have also been taken,” said LR Bisnoi, IG (BTAD).

After NDFB (S) militants carried out attack on four villages in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur district on December 23, Adivasi villagers attacked several Bodo villages in both the districts. Later violence spread to Chirang and Udalguri district.

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi reviewed relief operations on Sunday and directed the state police chief to intensify confidence-building measures and undertake strategic deployment of forces, so that camp inmates can return to their respective villages as early as possible.

Villagers in all the five violence affected districts flocked to relief camps.

Chief executive officer of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) PK Tiwari said that till Sunday, administration has opened 136 relief camps in the violence hit districts.

Out of these camps, 64 have mainly Bodo inmates and 72 have Adivasi inmates. Number of inmates belonging to Bodo and Adivasi Communities is 61,003 and 1,15,337 respectively.

Tiwari said that sufficient stock of food items like rice,dal,salt and mustard oil is available in all the relief camps. In addition to these, inmates are being provided baby food, candles, blankets and firewood.

“In addition to essential items, inmates are being provided baby food, candles, blankets and firewood. Instructions have been sent to the districts to provide clothing and utensils and arrange drinking water and sanitation facilities,” Tiwari said.

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