The Indian government has renewed its attempt to resolve a bitter and prolonged crisis in the north-eastern state of Assam which was blocked the vital flow of oil to the rest of the country.
GV EXTERIOR Home Ministry building in New Delhi, India. (2 SHOTS)
SV Gana Sangram Prashid leaders Leaving Home Ministry building and standing on portico as newsmen take photographs. (3 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Nibaran Bohra, Gana Sangram??? Prashid leader, replying to questions put to him about the talks, in Hindi.
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Background: The Indian government has renewed its attempt to resolve a bitter and prolonged crisis in the north-eastern state of Assam which was blocked the vital flow of oil to the rest of the country.
SYNOPSIS: Talks began in New Delhi on Wednesday (17 September) between India's Home Minister Zail Singh and militant student leaders who have mounted the oil blockade. Their action is aimed at forcing the expulsion of millions of illegal immigrants from the state. The students were accompanied by members of the Gana Sangram Prashid, a group of Assam political parties who support the students.
The demand to excel the immigrants has caused serious upheavals in the state during the past year and nearly 190 people have been killed. Assam produces 5 1/2-million tonnes of oil a year, nearly half of India's domestic output. The blockade was achieved by the picketing of oil installations and has caused major shortage in some parts of the country. Since January, the blockade has cost Indian 530 million dollars (US) in crude oil.