Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Friday, November 2, 2018 10:43:03 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Killings in India`s northeast raise tension over citizenship survey

photo by

Activists of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) shout slogans during a protest against the killings of five Bengali-speaking Hindu men by suspected Indian militants in Assam\'s Tinsukia district, in Guwahati on Friday.

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Reuters, New Delhi :
Suspected Indian militants shot dead five Bengali-speaking Hindu men in a sensitive border state late on Thursday, police said, as tension grows over a controversial citizenship test to identify illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
India's northeastern state of Assam, home to 33 million people, has suffered years of violence as residents, including tribal groups, have clashed with suspected Hindu and Muslim settlers they accuse of plundering resources and grabbing jobs.
The state's draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released in July excluded 4 million mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims and Hindus.
On Friday, police said the five men killed were Indian citizens who had been shot one by one after being taken to a low-lying area by a road in Assam's district of Tinsukia.
One young man, picked up by a group of men in army fatigues but presumably left for dead when he passed out at the start of the shooting, said he was lucky to be alive.
"I woke up minutes later and saw the five bodies lying in ditches," Sahadeb Namashudra, also a Bengali Hindu, told reporters at the incident site. "They were in army fatigues and carrying long guns."
Police have not yet made any arrests in the investigation, said a spokesman, Deepak Deka. The situation was tense in Tinsukia because of a 12-hour shutdown called by Bengali associations there, he added.
The government has promised strong action against the perpetrators.
The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), which has in the past championed the separation of tea and oil-rich Assam from India and is now trying to make a comeback there, denied responsibility for the killings in a statement. No other group has claimed responsibility.
Work on the NRC accelerated under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which wants to give all Hindus citizenship, infuriating many Assamese, who want all illegal immigrants expelled.
India, which does not have a deportation pact with Bangladesh, has said it will decide on the fate of those eventually deemed foreigners in consultation with the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the registration process.
Mamata Banerjee, a staunch Modi critic whose party rules India's eastern state of West Bengal, said it would hold rallies all over the Bengali-majority state to protest against the killings in neighboring Assam.
The state will shelter Assam's Bengali-speaking people if the NRC process deems them stateless, she added.
"Terrible news coming out of Assam," Banerjee, the state's chief minister, told reporters. "We strongly condemn the brutal attack in Tinsukia and the killings. Is this the outcome of NRC development?"

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Di Maria extends PSG contract

AFP, Paris :Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has signed a two-year contract extension with the club keeping him at the French champions until June 2021.The 30-year old joined PSG from Manchester United in 2015 for an estimated fee of 60 million euros ($68.9m), at the time it was the ...

International »

Mattis rejects criticism of sending US troops to border

Reuters, Washington : U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday rejected criticism that deploying thousands of troops to the border with Mexico was a political stunt."The support that we provide to the secretary for homeland security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of customs and border ...

Sports »

Ganguly fears for Indian cricket amid #MeToo row

AFP, New Delhi :Former captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his "deep sense of fear" about the running of Indian cricket as he slammed the sloppy handling of #MeToo allegations against board chief executive Rahul Johri, among other key issues.Johri was accused of sexual harassment on October 12 in an account shared ...

Editorial »

A dialogue of democracy: We hope for the best

RULING Awami League has invited Opposition political alliance Jatiya Oikyafront at the Prime Minister's official residence Gono Bhaban tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00pm for talks over elections. Awami League's Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap hand-delivered the invitation letter to Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday morning. In a press briefing at his Secretariat ...

City »

Jatiya Garments Sramik Federation formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday demanding reinstatement of three hundred employees of Cat Mat Industries Limited.


International »

Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms

AP, Washington :The Pentagon said it's sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that are still hundreds of ...

Entertainment »

Jacqueline Fernandez turned Ballerina

Dressed in a beautiful white ballerina dress, Jacqueline Fernandez looks gorgeous as she thanks her 22.4 million Instagram followers on her social media handle. In order to celebrate her 22.4 Million Instagram followers Jacqueline shared a video where she can be seen practising ballerina . With a sweet note, she ...

Editorial »

Let JSC, JCD exams be held without any hassle

THE Junior School Certificate (JSC) and its equivalent Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams will begin on Thursday (November 1). More than 26 lakh students will take part in the exams this year across the country. The JSD exam will end on November 15 and JDC on November 14. But now, ...

Entertainment »

Mehazabien with Jovan in F Zaman Taposh’s play

Entertainment Report :F Zaman Taposh has been making TV plays for many days. He has only made more than 200 faction plays till now. He also made many drama serials. He is habituated to lead simple life always. His elder son Fayeduzzaman Taposh, who has passed HSC, has written story ...

Sports »

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) goes up for the shot against Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (13) and Dwight Powell (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday.

Sports »

Djokovic targets top spot in Paris as Nadal returns from injury

Novak Djokovic can complete a stunning return to world number one at the Paris Masters this week as Rafael Nadal hits the comeback trail for the first time since limping out of the US Open.Roger Federer could also resurface in the French capital after a three-year absence, although the 20-time ...

City »

BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia being taken to cabin after her medical check-up. The snap was taken from the premises of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city on Monday.

International »

Pressure mounts for Sri Lanka parliament recall amid `bloodbath` warnings

AFP :Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday demanded parliament be allowed to choose between the two rivals to run the country's government amid warnings that the constitutional crisis could become a "bloodbath".With tensions already heightened by the killing of one activist, the United States added to international ...

International »

New President of Brazil elected

Al Jazeera News :Sao Paulo, Brazil - Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential elections, signalling a political shift for South America's most populous nation and largest economy.Official results gave Bolsonaro a 55.2 percent share of the vote in Sunday's runoff, comfortably ahead of Fernando Haddad, the candidate of the ...

Editorial »

Don't bow down to illogical transport strike

Commuters have been suffering immensely as transport workers started a 48-hour countrywide work abstention on Sunday to press home their eight-point demand mainly related to bringing amendments to the recently passed Road Transport Act-2018. No public transport except some government-run BRTC buses and CNG-run auto-rickshaws were seen plying the city ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news