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Ethnic violence in Assam

Recent ethnic clashes in the North-eastern state of Assam, India has so far claimed 44 lives and left 200,000 people displaced, Reuters reports.

There has been a proliferation in recent years of anti-Muslim sentiment among Assam’s Hindu and Christian tribes against settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh.

A government-funded think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses said that the lack of coherent policy to deal with the ethnically sensitive region meant that Assam would remain prone to imminent ethnic clashes and communal tensions.

More than 2000 people, most of whom were Bangladeshi immigrants, were killed in ethnic violence in 1983.

See BBC article on what lies behind Assam violence here.