People fleeing Kokrajhar region
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today took stock of the situation in Assam where ethnic clashes have taken place and directed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to do everything possible to control violence.
"The Prime Minister spoke to the Chief Minister (over phone) and took stock of the situation. The Prime Minister has directed him to do everything possible to control the situation and for relief and rehabilitation of the affected," a spokesperson in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
Mr Gogoi informed the Prime Minister about the steps taken by the government in the localities where clashes between Bodo tribals and minority immigrants took place.
Twenty-one people have been killed in ethnic violence in Assam even as thousands have been rendered homeless with most of them taking shelter in government-run relief camps. The violence followed an incident of the firing on two student leaders in Kokrajhar.
Fresh violence was today reported in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. Indefinite curfew was in force in Kokrajhar district while night curfew has been clamped in Chirang and Dhubri districts.