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Rahul Gandhi visits relief camps in violence-hit Assam(Update:Rahul)

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 08:30 hrs

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met victims of ethnic violence in relief camps and held discussions with Bodoland Territorial Council (BTAD) leaders on the prevailing situation in Assam.

Gandhi, who arrived here on a day-long visit, undertook trips to the Kathalguri and Gambaribeel relief camps.

He would later go to Salakati in Kokrajhar, besides two relief camps in Dhubri district.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde have already visited Assam.

Home Minister Shinde earlier on Monday said sufficient security arrangements have been made by the security forces in the vulnerable areas of Assam to prevent recurrence of communal violence.

Presenting the report card of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the month of August, Shinde said that normalcy is returning to Assam and people are going back from relief camps to their native places.

"I am happy to note that normalcy is returning to Assam gradually and people are going back from relief camps to their native places. I had requested the state governments to take all possible measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future," Shinde said.

"It is unfortunate that the recent violence caused by the ethnic groups in Assam has been given communal colour and has resulted heavy loss of lives and displacement of people to relief camps," he added.

The Prime Minister had earlier on Saturday said that the increase in the communal incidents in the country in the past few months and the revival of ethnic tensions in the northeast in recent weeks have been causes of concern.

"The ethnic disturbances of the northeast assumed a national dimension with the flight of people belonging to the northeast from various towns of South and Western India," he said in his speech at the Annual Conference of DGPs/IGPs here.

It may be recalled here that there was exodus of northeasterners from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra following rumours of backlash over the ethnic violence in Assam. (ANI)



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