20 October, 2020

Power Cuts For The People

Bodo-Muslim clashes are not new. Vested interests, though, are pinning the latest round on NDFB.

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Power Cuts For The People
Fifty dead, at least 15 of them in four instances of police firing, more than 150 injured and over a lakh displaced from their homes in 30 or more villages, mainly in northern Assam's Udalguri and Darrang districts. This has been the outcome of the clashes beginning October 3 between the ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in northern Assam. Though sparked off by some migrant settlers attacking a group of Bodo vigilantes, the state government alleged it wasn't really a clash between Bodos and Muslims but an attempt by a Bodo militant group to drive settlers out from the area.

"Rebels of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) have systematically launched an ethnic cleansing against the Muslim settlers so that they can gain control over land vacated by these people," Assam health minister and government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma told Outlook. According to him, rebels of the NDFB had provided fire cover to its supporters who torched Aminpara, a village of migrant settlers, on October 5. NDFB spokesman S. Sanjarang has denied...


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