Assam violence: Over 36,000 flee their homes
Posted on: 06:21 AM IST Jul 24, 2012
Kokrajhar: After three days of communal violence which have left 19 people dead, shoot-at-sight orders are in place in Kokrajhar, Assam. Close to 36,000 people are homeless in the wake of the violence. Helpless, panic-stricken villagers in the Kokrajhar are fleeing their homes in search of security and shelter.
The root cause of the communal violence still remains unexplained. There are some reports of land encroachment problems, some of outsiders fuelling attacks but no one is sure what led to the violence. The trigger though took place in a village called Joypur on Friday where four people where hacked to death. After that attacks and counter attacks have spread like wildfire. Violence has also spread to neighbouring Chirang district.
Transport Minister, Assam, Chandan Bramha said, "The entire incident is very unfortunate. Violence will never solve any problem. I condemn this incident."
Curfew is still on in Kokrajhar from 6 am to 6 pm and the entire area looks like a ghost town. Ten companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed and the Army is making its presence felt and covering their area of responsibility. For the helpless people however, huddled together in shelter camps, the nights continue to remain one of horror.