April 7, 2009 |
Four bomb blasts killed eight people in India's troubled northeastern state of Assam, a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to the region, police said. Authorities blamed the state's main separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom. Singh's visit would go ahead, a spokesman said. The first bomb exploded in a crowded parking area in Guwahati, killing seven people, police said. Another person was killed when rebels threw grenades at a police station in Mankachar, near the border with Bangladesh.
October 31, 2008 |
A series of bomb blasts ripped through India's northeastern state of Assam on Thursday, killing at least 76 people and injuring hundreds. At least 13 bombs exploded just before midday in the urban areas of Guwahati, Assam's main city; Bongaigaon; Barpeta and Kokrajhar. Television footage showed firefighters spraying water on burned vehicles as plumes of black smoke rose into the sky and police covered charred bodies with sheets. More than 300 people were injured, some critically. Most of the explosions occurred in busy marketplaces, timed to strike daytime shoppers, and "were apparently aimed at creating fear and public anger," said Sanjoy Hazarika, an analyst with the Center for North East Studies and Policy Research, a think tank in New Delhi.
October 7, 2008 |
Clashes between ethnic groups in India's remote northeast have left at least 49 people dead in four days, officials said. The fighting in Assam state began Friday. Ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in Assam have a history of conflict and have fought recently with bows and arrows, spears and machetes, and have burned each other's homes and property, officials said over the weekend. More than 150 people have been injured and more than 100,000 have fled their homes, said Assam Home Commissioner Subhash Das.
January 10, 2007 |
Thousands of migrant laborers in buses, trucks and trains fled northeastern India in the second day of an exodus triggered by separatists who have killed scores of workers. Militants have killed 72 people, most of them Hindi-speaking migrants, in Assam state since Friday, sparking widespread fear in a community that comes to Assam for eight months a year to work at brick kilns.
January 7, 2007 |
A second day of bloodshed in Assam state in India's restive northeast left more than 20 people dead, including 13 sleeping migrant workers shot by suspected separatists and eight government employees killed by a land mine, police said. A day earlier, attacks killed 35 migrants and wounded at least 19.
June 18, 2006 |
Every week or so, the phone rings in the professor's home, and a voice echoes from a guerrilla hide-out far to the east. The professor, Indira Goswami, is a prominent scholar of the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic. She is also the best-known novelist in India's northeastern state of Assam. Her books reverberate with the struggles of India's vast underclass.