Five persons were killed in fresh violence in lower Assam’s Chirang district on Saturday, taking the toll to 85 since ethnic trouble erupted in July.
Five people were stabbed to death at around 5.30pm at Chaoudharipara at Bijni, Assam IGP (law and order) L.R. Bishnoi said. Additional security forces were rushed to the spot and the area sealed, Bishnoi said. The attacks came on a day when Karnataka deputy chief minister R. Ashoka urged professionals and students from the North-East who had fled the southern state to return and assured them protection and a job guarantee.
Ashoka, on a three-day tour of the North-East, said “There has been no major incident of violence in Karnataka. There have only been a few verbal threats. “Today I met many students and professionals here who have fled from Bangalore. I assured them of all protection.”
Asked about their reaction, Ashoka said, “I am sure they will return. We are one nation and all of us are Indians.” Ashoka, who met Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and briefed him about the steps taken by his government, said he was told that the state was in touch with the Railways and special train services arranged from Guwahati from 1 September to take back those who had fled.
There are around 350,000 people from the North-East in Karnataka, of whom 250,000 reside in Bangalore. According to Karnataka government figures, a total of 34,627 persons left for their home states during the recent exodus.