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Federal investigation into Assam violence

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will investigate recent violence in the north-eastern state of Assam.

77 people died after violence erupted between indigenous Bodo tribes and Bengali Muslim settlers.

Tension between the native Bodo and Bengali migrants has been simmering for years and erupted into full-scale riots after four Bodo youths were killed last month.

Bodos then attacked Muslims in retaliation, accusing them of being behind the killings.

The CBI will now probe whether there was a ‘conspiracy’ behind the violence, which saw over 300,000 people fleeing their homes.

The Home Ministry issued a statement on Saturday, saying that the situation was now under control and 170 people were arrested, after the deployment of army troops and thousands of paramilitaries.

"104 fixed police pickets have already been established. At present, the security situation in Assam is peaceful and under control. 65 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces have been deployed. In addition, Army has also been deployed in the violence-affected areas," it said.

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