NEW DELHI – Police officials in India's remote northeast say that the death toll in rebel violence in Assam state has risen to 52 with the discovery of more bodies.
Hridayananda Das, a police inspector in state capital Guwahati said Wednesday that the rebels gunned down at least 37 Adivasi, or tribal settlers, in Sonitpur district and 15 others in Kokrajhar. The killings took place in a series of five coordinated attacks late Tuesday.
All those killed were Adivasis who largely work in tea gardens in the region.
Officials say that fighters from National Democratic Front of Bodoland were behind the killings.
Adivasis, who migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago, have been targeted by Bodo rebels in the past. Land and jobs are at the heart of the clashes.