GUWAHATI: Paramilitary and army troops have increased their vigils in India's riot-hit remote northeast amid renewed ethnic violence, police said today.
At least one person was killed and several others injured in Assam state Tuesday and one person was killed and five others wounded in a shooting attack on Monday night, local police said.
State's police chief JN Choudhury told The Associated Press that army troops had been called back to join more than 16,000 paramilitary troops and police officers to patrol the worst-hit areas of Chirang and Kokrajhar to neutralise armed gangs engaged in attacking people." "We are concerned because guns are being used by the rioters," the police chief said. The state has been simmering with tension since riots broke out between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in late July.
The worst of the violence was controlled within two weeks, but at least 10 people have been killed in fresh fighting in the past week. The violence has killed at least 90 people so far, and 400,000 have found shelter in government relief camps.
It also affected thousands of people from Assam who were living in parts of south and central India but fled home after rumours suggested Muslims were planning retaliatory attacks on them.