One person was killed and five others injured in two separate incidents of violence in Assam's strife-torn Kokrajhar district late Monday night, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.
Nearly 80 people have been killed and 400,000 displaced in fighting between Muslims and India’s Hindu Bodo tribes people in Assam, a northeastern state of India, in recent weeks.
The first incident took place in Pakritola village in the Fakira district when a man opened fire killing one and injuring 4. Another person was injured in a second incident in Tupimari in the Gossaigaon district.
A third accident was documented by police forces, but no casualties were reported.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banherjee vowed to protect those who fled the riots in Assam saying “We will protect them and care for them. They are our guests,” the TOI quoted.
On the day India celebrated its 65th year of independence, it was reported at least 4,000 people from the North East, including students, reportedly tried to leave on specially organised trains from Bangalore fearing repercussions for the recent violence that has plagued Assam.