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Panic-stricken people flee Assam, head home

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 13:41 IST
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Panic-stricken Hindi-speaking people in batches fled their villages in violence-hit Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sibsagar districts of Upper Assam as 64 persons were killed and 40 others injured in ULFA attacks on non-Assamese since Friday.

Even though the state administration denied the exodus, terror-stricken groups of 15 to 20 non-Assamese were seen moving out of their villages with their belongings towards the railway stations for their home state Bihar.

Mostly women, children and old people working in brick kilns, selling milk and working as daily wage earners were the ones fleeing from the state gripped by fear psychosis.

The groups of people at railway stations said they were waiting to board the next available train to their home in Bihar as they felt the state government had failed to protect their life and property.

Ashok Yadav, a brick kiln worker, heading a 20-member group in Tinsukia district, where indefinite curfew was on since Saturday, told reporters while waiting for the train, "The government failed to protect our people and our belongings. We are very afraid now to live here as there is no security for us."

Bimla Paswan, who owns a milk supply business in Dibrugarh district said, "I want safety for my children and husband. We want to be out of here as soon as possible."

Hari Yadav at the Guwahati railway station said, "Our elders in our village in Bihar are concerned for our safety. They have asked us to leave Assam and come back to Bihar."

Twelve-year-old Radha said, "I cannot sleep being haunted by nightmares about the night. The masked men came to our village at Longswal (Tinsukia district) and fired on my neighbours killing and injuring many of them."