Insurgency claimed 2400 lives in Assam since 2001: Minister
2,400 persons were killed and over 5,500 people injured by militant organisations in Assam since 2001, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.
Guwahati: 2,400 persons were killed and over 5,500 people injured by militant organisations in Assam since 2001, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.
State Forest and Panchayat Minister Rockybul Hussain said that 2,094 civilians and 306 security personnel lost their lives due to militancy-related violence between March 2001 and March 2014.
Also, 4,767 civilians and 752 personnel from security forces were injured by militants during this period, Hussain said, while replied on behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also holds the Home portfolio.
"The overall situation in Assam has improved since 2001. But yes, some incidents are happening in some areas, not the entire state. We are taking steps to prevent this," he said.
The state government currently pays Rs 5 lakh, while the Centre gives Rs 3 lakh to the family of each killed in such violence, Hussain said.
He also said the government will do everything possible to give job to one family member of each killed keeping in view the existing rules and regulations in the country.
The minister said this in reply to a query raised by BJP MLA Ranjit Kumar Das during the Question Hour.