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Assam is not burning: Gogoi

Over 3 lakh people,both Bodo tribals and migrant Muslims,have been displaced in ethnic violence.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: July 27, 2012 12:12 am

Over three lakh people — both Bodo tribals and migrant Muslims — have been displaced following the outbreak of ethnic violence in Assam last week. The death toll has reached 46,while 10 remain missing. Resumption of trains through Kokrajhar district is yet to return to normal,so has the movement of vehicles on the highways passing through the strife-torn districts.

But Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi insists that Assam is not burning. “Assam is not burning. Where is Assam burning? I will appeal to the national media to not give an impression that Assam is burning. Yes,certain parts,only three districts out of 28. I don’t want to name,but the national media is only saying Assam is burning,” he said on Thursday. He was addressing a press conference in Kokrajhar after visiting the district. This is the third time in about a month when Gogoi hit out at the “national” media for projecting a negative picture of the state.

He claimed the situation had significantly improved with the deployment of a large number of security forces including the Army,but not before admitting that the deployment took some time. “It is a fact that we had less forces. Moreover,it takes some time to organise forces. It was a bit difficult when thousands of people suddenly fled. But now things are returning to normal. There was no major incident in the last 24 hours. Trains are also moving,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi added,“I don’t say the situation is absolutely normal. But incidents are down. More forces are coming in. Things will come to normal in two-three days.”

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