Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced in violent ethnic clashes between two communities - the Garos and the Rabhas - along the Assam-Meghalaya border. Villages were set on fire, and people forced to flee their homes.
The violence started during Christmas and New Year celebrations when the Rabhas attacked a wedding party of the Garos and also targeted a Garo pastor. The Garos hit back and set Rabha villages on fire. They also intercepted a passenger bus, segregated the Rabhas and brutally injured ten of them. Soon, clashes between the two groups spilled over to the neighbouring villages and districts.