With ethnic violence escalating in lower Assam's Kokrajhar area, at least 13 columns of the Army has now been begun flag marches in Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Bongaigaon in an attempt to assuage the situation.
At least 32 people have died and 1.5 lakh people have been rendered homeless in ethnic clashes that started between two communities in Kokrajhar district of Lower Assam on July 19. There is no official word on what triggered the violence but dispute over land may have been one of the reasons.
The police have also issued shoot-at-sight orders in Kokrajhar.
Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and president of opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has demanded the Centre's intervention to contain the "unprecedented ethnic violence" in the state. A fact-finding team of AGP would visit the affected areas on July 26, he said.
Meanwhile train services to and from the north east have been severely hit. The railways estimates over 20,000 passengers are stranded at different places across Assam and neighbouring West Bengal; as many as 21 trains have been halted.
source: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/assam-violence-1-5-lakh-homeless-army-begins-flag-marches-20-000-passengers-stuck-247262Source - News
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