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Protesters attack police as two Indian states fight over territory

Published on Aug 21, 2014 5:38 PM
 
A demonstrator kicks a vehicle that was set on fire during a protest at Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on August 20, 2014. Thousands of protesters in the far-flung Indian state of Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighbouring state. Assam and the tiny state of Nagaland in north-eastern India have been claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in the far-flung Indian state of Assam defied a curfew and attacked police in a fifth day of unrest over a territorial dispute with a neighbouring state.

Assam and the tiny state of Nagaland in north-eastern India have been claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago.

Clashes have periodically erupted between people living in villages straddling the two states. The latest wave of violence has left at least 20 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, officials said.

On Thursday, residents of Assam's worst-affected Golaghat district turned on the state police, saying it had failed to protect them from attacks by Naga tribesmen coming over the state borders.

 
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