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India politician Pradeep Brahma held for Assam violence

  • 23 August 2012
  • From the section India
Assam displaced Bodos in August 2012
More than 250,000 people are still staying in shelters in Assam

Police in India's north-eastern Assam state have arrested a local politician for his alleged involvement in the recent ethnic violence in the state.

Pradeep Brahma, a legislator in the state assembly, was arrested from his home on Thursday morning.

He is a leader of the regional Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), which is an ally of the state's ruling Congress party.

At least 87 people have died in fighting between indigenous Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers in Assam.

More than 250,000 people who fled their homes are still staying in shelters.

There has been tension between indigenous groups and Muslim Bengali migrants in Assam for many years.

Police said Mr Brahma, who represents the Kokrajhar (West) constituency, has seven cases registered against him in different police stations in Assam.

He was arrested from his home near Kokrajhar town, they said.

Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang were some of the districts worst affected by the clashes which began last month.

Reports said at least two people were killed in fresh violence on Wednesday in Dhubri district.

An indefinite curfew has been clamped in Kokrajhar district and army has marched through the streets of some of the troubled neighbourhoods.

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