Leaders of the north-east Indian state of Tripura, where hundreds have died in fighting between tribesmen and immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, appealed on Sunday (15 June) for emergency supplies of medicine and food.
GV PAN Wrecked buildings in burnt out village near Agartala, Tripura state, India.
CU & SV PAN Wrecked and burned debris. (3 SHOTS)
LV PAN FROM Wrecked village TO soldiers patrolling
GV Refugee camp.
SV & CU Women and children receiving grain. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Goods train passing through Gauhati in Assam and pickets. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN FROM Pickets on line TO others with banner.
GV PAN OVER Stacks of timber.
GV PAN & LV Train passing through Noonmati refinery and GV refinery. (3 SHOTS)
LV Deserted Gauhati University campus.
LV & TV Female student leader singing at mass rally in Gauhati. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO LV Seven black flags.
CU Student leaders from other states.
TV & SV Singing and applauding. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Leaders of the north-east Indian state of Tripura, where hundreds have died in fighting between tribesmen and immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, appealed on Sunday (15 June) for emergency supplies of medicine and food. The Press Trust of India said the official death toll after ten days of fighting stood at almost four hundred, with hundreds still missing.
SYNOPSIS: The scale of violence in Tripura state has been far beyond that of fighting elsewhere in the region. An official report said there had been carnage carried out with incredible speed and cruelty. Curfews have been imposed in the worst-hit areas and troops and paramilitary police are patrolling the state to try to stop further violence.
Almost two hundred thousand Bangladeshi immigrants were forced to seek shelter in hastily set up refugee camps after the tribesmen burned down hundreds of settler villages. The fighting began after an immigrant struck a tribesman.
Agitation for the expulsion of the immigrants is also being felt in Assam state. To press their demands, students have blockaded the movement of timber and oil products from the town of Gauhati. India has been forced to import about two million tonnes of crude oil to make up of the lack of supplies from Assam. Huge piles of timber lie untouched as the students from the All assam Students Union continue their picketing.
However, the students have allowed production at the oil refinery at Noonmati to go ahead so fuel requirements for north-eastern India can be met.
The campus of the Gauhati University remains deserted. The university was closed nine months ago when the agitation began. At a rally in Gauhati on Friday (13 JUNE), members of the All Assam students' Union tried to give a new turn to their movement by unifying the different students' unions from the seven states of north-eastern India. However, their rally was not as successful as they had hoped for. Only about ten thousand people attended, although the organisers had attended, although the organisers had expected up to half a million. The rally condemned the failure of the central Indian government to solve the immigrant problem.