Guwahati: There seems to be no end to the crisis in Assam as at least five people have been killed in fresh violence in the Chirang district of the state.
Following the fresh violence, an indefinite curfew has been imposed in the Chirang district.
With this incident, according to official figures, the total number of people killed in the violence in Assam has gone up to at least 85. Over five lakh people have been rendered homeless in the violence between the Bodo tribal groups and Muslims in the lower ranges of Assam, including Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri.
The five were stabbed to death at around 5:30 pm at Chaoudharipara at Bijni in the district, 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 Northeast professionals and students, who had fled the southern state, to return and assured protection and 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," he said.
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 government was in touch with the railways and special train services arranged from Guwahati from Septemeber 1 to take back those who had fled.
There are around 3.5 lakh northeast people in Karnataka, of whom 2.5 lakh resided in Bangalore.
According to Karnataka government figures, a total of 34,627 persons left for their home states during the recent exodus.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)