Last month in a series of articles I warned about the potential harm that can visit Muslims in India, esp. in places like Assam, where Hindutvadi forces have been playing the anti-Muslim card to agitate others against the Muslims.
As reported also in the BD News:
"Candidates in India's general election, including opposition front runner Narendra Modi, have contributed to anti-Bangladeshi feeling in Assam.
Modi last week said immigrants from Bangladesh in a nearby state should have their "bags packed" in case he came to power."
The Muslims that live in Assam are not immigrants from Bangladesh. Like many others, they have been living there for centuries, and at least before the time of Indian partition into Pakistan and India. Simply because of their Muslim identity and Bengali root, they are perceived as outsiders or new settlers in hateful Assam, which had her bloody history of pogroms against Muslims.
According to the latest information, suspected tribal anti-Muslim terrorists shot dead 11 Muslims, including two women, in attacks in tea-growing Assam, where tension is running high in election time. Police said they suspected the anti-Muslim militants behind the overnight killings were members of the Bodo tribe, Reuters reported.
In the first incident, the militants shot dead three members of a family, including two women, while wounding a baby, police said.
"The gunmen entered the house and shot them dead on the spot," a senior police officer in the state capital with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.
In the second incident, eight people were killed by a group of guerrillas, he said.
Two years ago, 40 people were killed in clashes between Bodo people and Muslims in the same district.