471 Persons Killed in Communal Clashes in Assam Since 2001

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Guwahati, August 4: A total of 471 persons had lost their lives in seven communal clashes in Assam since 2001, Assam state assembly informed on Monday.

Replying to a query during the first day of Assam Legislative Assembly, state Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain said on behalf of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, since 2001 a total of 471 persons were killed and 263 others were injured in communal clashes in the state. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also holds the home department.

“In 2012, a total of 109 people were killed and 140 others injured in the Bodo-Muslim communal clash in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska, Udalguri and Dhubri district,” the Assam minister said.

Also, 106 persons lost their lives in the Karbi-Dimasa communal clash in 2005, where 19 others injured.

During the period of October 2003 to April 2004, 98 people were killed and 28 others injured in the Kuki-Karbi communal clash in Karbi Anglong district.

In 2009, a total of 73 persons killed and 29 injured in the Zemi Naga-Dimasa clash in Dima Hasao district.

The minister said that, during the Hmar-Dimasa communal clash in 2003, a total of 57 persons were killed and 29 others injured.

During the period of December 2013 to January 2014, a total of 16 people were killed and two others injured in the Karbi-Rengma clash in Karbi Anglong district.

12 persons were killed and 16 others injured in the Garo-Rabha communal clash in 2001.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.