30,000 flee clashes in northeast India
- Published: 23 Jul 2012 at 22.19
- Online news:
Police issued shoot-on-sight orders on Monday in a bid to quell violent clashes in India's remote northeast that have prompted thousands of villagers to flee their homes and left 19 dead.
More than 30,000 villagers have fled amid fighting between Bodo tribal groups and Muslim settlers over land rights, and violence was spreading to new areas, police said.
Soldiers were out in force in the restive state of Assam to try to stop the unrest in which houses have been set ablaze and villagers forced to shelter in government buildings and schools.
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