Assam Blood bath: 33 dead in ethinic violence
The violence in the three districts of Darrang, Udalguri and Baksa was not due to clashes between the tribal Bodos and immigrant Muslims, but a planned ethnic cleansing by the NDFB to drive out all non-Bodos from the area.
More than 600 homes have been burnt since Friday, when clashes first broke out, and at least 60,000 people have fled their villages in an area controlled by the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC), a politico-administrative structure, formed after New Delhi signed a peace accord with the militant Bodoland Tiger Force in 2003. The BLT is now a disbanded outfit with its former members now heading the BTC.
update:Tribal people armed with guns and bows and arrows raided a village in troubled Assam, killing three Muslim villagers in the latest clashes with Bangladeshi settlers,on monday morning.Death toll rises to 36.
Violence between Bodo tribespeople and immigrant Muslims broke out on Friday in Rowta in Udalguri district, about 100 km north of Dispur, the state capital. It has since spread to neighbouring districts.
The deaths include eight people shot dead by police on Sunday. Police said they opened fire on rioters.
Villagers from the two communities fought with guns, bows and arrows, machetes and spears. More than 100 have been injured and 50,000 have fled their homes to take refuge in makeshift camps set up by the police.
"Shoot-on-sight orders have been issued and curfew has been imposed in the violence-hit areas," Assam's chief minister Tarun Gogoi said.
Many of the dead were burned to death and more than a dozen people with serious burns have been taken to hospital in Guwahati.
A senior police officer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters attackers had set fire to their rivals' houses.
Authorities have called in army and paramilitary forces.
"The local administration failed to take immediate action to control the situation when the trouble initially started and later it flared up," Gogoi said.