Three Bengalis, including an elderly man and a boy, were stabbed to death on Saturday (26 April) at Metering in the Indian state of Assam, as five days of mass protests against migrant workers reached a climax.
GV Street in Nalbari with bicycles but no motor traffic
SV & LV PAN Parked cars and trucks lined up near petrol station (3 shots)
LV Alleged Bangladesh illegal migrant centre, Bolochuk, with people wearing green lungi (cloth skirt garment)
CU & SV market activity with traders and customers (5 shots)
CU Money changing hands between customer and trader
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Background: Three Bengalis, including an elderly man and a boy, were stabbed to death on Saturday (26 April) at Metering in the Indian state of Assam, as five days of mass protests against migrant workers reached a climax. Police in the north-east state detained ten suspects, but have not confirmed whether the killings were connected with seven months of anti-immigrant turmoil in which at least eighty people have died.
SYNOPSIS: The Assamese are campaigning for the deportation of what they estimate at three-point-five million Bengali, Bangladeshi and Nepalese immigrants. The prime target for their protest has been the oil installation near the state capital of Gauhati, where motor vehicles have disappeared from the roads. The oil installation is back in government control, but workers there now are on a sympathy strike with the protesters. Oil supplies to much of India have been cut off.
Students leading the campaign say this village of Bolochuk is one of many centres where illegal Bangladeshi migrants live. They say that they're living and trading here illegally, and allege that in one constituency alone, 11-thousand foreigners have registered as voters. The students, supported by thousands of Assamese, want all immigrants who arrived after 1951, sent home. The Indian Government has suggested 1971 as a more realistic date.
The protesters say their campaign is twofold -- to protect Assamese heritage and integrity, and to return jobs held by the immigrants to Indians resident in the state.