Assam clashes claim 47 people in four days

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Udalguri, Oct 6 (UNI) Unabated clashes between two groups of people in Assam claimed ten more lives today raising the figure to 47, official sources said.

Daranag and Udalguri districts in north Assam were the worst hit areas since clashes broke out on Friday after some Bodo leaders were attacked by some miscreants.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi speaking to media this morning said that situation was under control and blamed the Boro militants for unabated violence.

"There is tension and we are working round the clock to ease the situation. They are immigrant Muslims but they are not Bangladeshis," he asserted while putting the blame on the Bodos for starting violence.

Boro villagers were seen in the morning unfurling Indian flags in their villages marking it as "Indian territory" as the other group had not only shouted pro-Pakistan slogans but also hoisted Pakistani flag, a fact confirmed by villagers of Bakhal para as well as the army jawans who were posted in and around Bhakatpurarea.

"They did hoist the Pakistani flag behind my land after burning three of my houses completely," said Mr. Jiten Boro of Bakhalpra, a school teacher.

So far more than 2.5 lakh people have been displaced of which nearly 75,000 are in relief shelters. Hundreds of villagers fled from the worst affected Punia village near Bhaktpara this morning.

Three villages have been torched by the settlers.

The political parties were also divided and giving different views the route cause of violence.

Eds pl pick up suitably from earlier series.

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