Violence continued in some areas of India's northeastern state of Assam on February 25 as thousands of mainly Moslem-Bengali refugees sought sanctuary in neighbouring states.
NOWGONG, KALKAJHARI, ASSAM (FEBRUARY 23)
GVs Assamese families with animal and carts leaving violence affected area (3 shots)
GV PAN Bodies partially buried in mass burial ground and more bodies being buried (3 shots)
GVs Burnt housed and trees (4 shots)
GVs Burnt bridges on the road to Kalkajhari (3 shots)
GVs People leaving area with animals and carts (3 shots)
NELLIE RELIEF CAMP, ASSAM (FEBRUARY 24)
GV PAN People in camp building temporary huts (6 shots)
GV North Indian guards patrolling camp (3 shots)
GV PULL BACK TO LV People in camp
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Background: Violence continued in some areas of India's northeastern state of Assam on February 25 as thousands of mainly Moslem-Bengali refugees sought sanctuary in neighbouring states. In central Nowgong district, one of the areas badly effected by ethnic violence during the February state elections, many people took all their belongings as they left their homes to avoid further violence. The death toll in the three weeks up to and including the eight-day poll which ended on February 21, was estimated at more than 1,500. The violence was sparked by Assamese Hindu militants objecting to the inclusion of illegal immigrants on electoral rolls. Most of the refugees are Bengalis who originally came to Assam from Bangladesh. More than 50 houses were set ablaze in the clashes between Assamese tribesmen and large areas of forest and a number of bridges were destroyed. The worst affected area was Nellie, in the Nowgong district. It was estimated about 500 people killed there. But the violence also forced many residents to take refuge in a relief camp. As the refugees continue to arrive Nellie camp, it was estimated about 30,000 had taken sanctuary by February 25. They set about making temporary homes from banana leaves, bamboo and dried palm leaves to shelter themselves from the burning sun and rain. In order to protect the refugees from further violence, North Indian police were patrolling the camps.