Chidambaram to visit strife-torn Assam

Home Minister P Chidambaram will visit violence-hit areas of Assam for two days beginning tomorrow and review the security situation and relief and rehabilitation measures.

Chidambaram, who has been monitoring the Assam situation ever since clashes between Bodos and immigrant minorities broke out, will hold meetings with top civil and police officials and take stock of the law and order situation in four violence-hit districts – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhubri and Bongaigaon.

The Home Minister is expected to visit a few relief camps and review the relief and rehabilitation steps taken for those who lost their kin and suffered losses during the violence which so far claimed more than 50 lives.

Chidambaram is likely to hold separate meetings with Governor J B Patnaik, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his council of Ministers. Prime Minister Manomohan Singh had visited Kokrajhar yesterday where he announced a Rs 300 crore package for the affected people.

The Home Ministry has so far made available 11,600 paramilitary personnel for the state to bring back normalcy in the riot-affected areas.

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