INDIA: at least 63 killed in northeastern India over land and ethnic disputes

Publié: 24 décembre 2014 dans Inde, Informations générales

Global News

NEW DELHI – Long-simmering land and ethnic disputes erupted in bloodshed in northeastern India when rebels launched co-ordinated attacks on tribal settlers in Assam state, killing at least 63 people, officials said Wednesday.

The killings took place in five attacks late Tuesday targeting tribal settlers known as Adivasi, who migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago. Most of them worked on tea plantations in the region.

Assam’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said rebels belonging to a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland were behind the massacre.

Bodo rebels have been fighting for a separate homeland for their indigenous tribe, which makes up 10 per cent of Assam’s 33 million people. They have staged attacks against both Adivasi and Muslim settlers in violence that has left at 10,000 people dead, most of them civilians, in the last three decades.

Following the attacks, angry Adivasis surrounded a police station…

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