Assam killings: Nitish Kumar seeks government intervention

Patna, May 17 (IANS) Alarmed by the recent killings of 10 Hindi-speaking migrants in Assam, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday sought immediate intervention of the central government in providing protection to the people of his state living there.

Nitish Kumar urged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre to take necessary measures to provide security to the migrant workers in Assam.

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“The frightened migrant workers should be protected,” he said.

“Killings of Bihari migrant workers in Assam is a big challenge for the country. The constitutional rights of people is challenged,” Kumar said.

He also demanded adequate deployment of central paramilitary forces to instil a sense of security among migrant workers.

In fresh violence in Assam, 10 migrant workers were killed in the last three days. The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) gunned down four people in Golaghat district and five near Belbari village in Dibrugarh district.

Another migrant worker was shot dead at Borhat in Sibsagar district while the victim’s son was critically wounded in an attack on Tuesday.

In January, the ULFA had killed about 60 migrant workers in a wave of attacks.