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Assam Riots: Gogoi aims to send villagers back in 15 days

Assam's embattled Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said he aims to return the lakhs of villagers currently in relief camps to their homes in the next fifteen days. "This is my target. It is my aim", said Gogoi while addressing media.

The Assam Chief Minister added that he understood that there was a strong sense of insecurity that was resulting in people feeling too afraid to return to their homes. However he said that he aimed to beef up security in and around villages in restive Western Assam to ensure that there would be no repetition of the violence and looting that has killed 50 people and caused over three lakh people to free.

Associated Press

Gogoi's comments came even as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram met victims of ethnic violence in a refugees camp in Assam’s strife-torn Kokrajhar district and assured them of all possible assistance.

The Home Minister, who flew in from Guwahati in a special helicopter, met refugees in the camp at the Titaguri High School. The visit comes two days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the district and announced a Rs 300 crore package.

Curfew has been relaxed in the Kokrajhar district, but a 6pm to 6am curfew remains in the other affected districts.