Large reinforcements of police and paramilitary forces are being moved from throughout India to the country's north-eastern states following anti-immigrant rioting.
GV Indian Oil Ltd Plant at Narengi, in Assam state (4 shots)
GV Railway yard at Narengi where oil is moved to other parts of India
GV Logs piled up in railyard and on stationary train at Gauhati, in Assam (2 shots)
GV Logs on stationary goods train in railway yard at Gauhati
GV Army unloading a small dinghy from the train at an Assam railway station
GV Passengers train loaded with police and trucks pulling into railyard (3 shots)
SV AND GV Assamese volunteers arriving for picketing, carrying placards and crossing rail tracks at Gauhati (3 shots)
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Background: Large reinforcements of police and paramilitary forces are being moved from throughout India to the country's north-eastern states following anti-immigrant rioting. Two weeks ago more than a thousand villagers were killed in the state of Tripura after tribal militants set out to massacre Bangladeshi immigrants. And in Assam state, rebel Indian student are blocking crude oil supplies bound for refineries elsewhere in India.
SYNOPSIS: Oil India's plant in the Assam township of Narengi supplies about one seventh of India's crude-oil. But the flow of Narengi oil beyond Assam has stopped. Oil workers are on strike in sympathy with the student-led protests over the number of immigrants that continue to pour into India's north-eastern states.
At the railway siding in nearby Gauhati, and other railway stations in Assam, truckloads of timber lie idle--their movement thwarted by picketing students. Members of the Al Assam Student Union and their supporters ensure that banned forest products don't leave the state.
Police and para-military forces are moving swiftly into Assam. The New Delhi government say they will be used to keep a close watch on to enter Assam along the rivers. It's a gesture that is hoped to appease the aggressive of the students. But it is also clear that the government is preparing for violence that looks likely to erupt as local frustration increases.
Thousands of students have already lost a year's education in their campaign to force out most of Assam's three million immigrants. They want all those who arrived after 1951 sent home. But the Indian Government suggests 1971 as a more realistic cut-off date.