Latest update October 28th, 2016 11:20 AM
Dec 25, 2014
GUWAHATI–More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said Thursday.
Residents sought shelter in makeshift camps set up by the state government following a series of coordinated attacks by armed rebels Tuesday that left at least 69 people dead, 18 of them children.
Another three people were killed on Wednesday when police shot at villagers who went to a police station to demand justice over the attacks.
“More than 2,000 villagers have sought shelter in relief camps. People are of course scared and worried about violence flaring up again,” a state welfare official told media on condition of anonymity.
The tea-growing state of Assam in northeast India has seen violent land disputes in the past between the indigenous Bodo people, Muslim settlers, and rival tribes in the area.
Police blamed Tuesday´s attacks on the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which has waged a violent decades-long campaign for an independent homeland for the Bodo.
On Wednesday, India´s home ministry ordered the deployment of troops to Assam, as villagers launched retaliatory attacks against Bodo settlements.
Television footage showed houses in flames as angry villagers demanded immediate action against the rebels.
A villager at one of the camps said he had left everything behind and was scared to go back.
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