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23,000 refugees return to villages in Assam

Over 80 persons, many of them children and women, were killed in simultaneous attack in four villages.

With the situation slowly returning towards normal, more than 23,000 people who had taken shelter in relief camps in four trouble-torn districts of Assam returned home in the past 24 hours. Official sources said on Wednesday that while 21,756 people — all Adivasis — returned to their villages in Kokrajhar district, the remaining 2,208 were from different relief camps in Sonitpur and Chirang.

Although no fresh incident of violence had occurred in the past six days, the number of people still lodged in relief camps in the four districts stood at 2.70 lakh, with the highest number being 2.22 lakh in 91 camps in Kokrajhar.

Altogether over 80 persons, many of them children and women, were killed in simultaneous attack in four villages by heavily armed NDFB(S) militants on December 23 in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi attributed the recent attacks on Adivasi villagers by the NDFB(S) as a “joint failure” of central and state government agencies in preventing the incidents despite having received prior information. “It would be wrong to blame the state government alone,” Gogoi said on Tuesday.