Ethnic violence in Assam state, India – RRF Nr.1

9 January 2015 РThe National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam state of India warned of retaliation when the state police launched an operation against them on 21 December 2014 which resulted in the death of two of their members. The NDFB attacked on 23 December 2014 in three districts of Assam ? Kokrajhar and Sonitpur which resulted in the deaths of 85 people (73 Adivasis and 12 others). The ethnic violence has resulted in the displacement of 72, 675 people who are sheltering in 61 relief camps. Most of the displaced are women and children belonging to the tribal communities in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirag, Baksa, Bongagaon and Udalguri. In retaliation, three Bodo people in a village near Behali in Sonitpur  district were killed. Both communities have burned houses and damaged properties in different parts of the state. Fresh violence erupted again in Assam in the bordering districts of Kokrajhar (Bhutan border) and Sonitpur (Arunachal Pradesh border) on 26 December.

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