Assams militancy victims demand end to violence

March 9th, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Guwahati, Mar. 9 (ANI): In a bid to gather support against violence in the state, militancy affected families gathered in Guwahati have launched a program called, Sankalp. So far, more than 10,000 people have died and 6000 families have been seriously affected by militancy and violence in Assam. Sankalp was held is association of a project called Aashwas, which was initiated by the Assam police to help children affected by militancy. An art exhibition was also held where those affected shared their thoughts about militancy. I only want to say that I dont understand what these people want. What do they get by killing innocent people? They have killed my husband. He is dead and so he got his peace but what about us? We did not do any wrong, said Sadhna Roy, whose husband was killed by ULFA. The project supports education of militancy-affected children till the age of 18. Currently, 750 children are benefiting from Aashwas project. This is an anti-violence advocacy. Looking at the children affected by militancy bring tears to people. This is a collective efforts of the people and we take a vow not to let these things to happen to children in the future, said Aashwas official Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta. During the closing ceremony of the program, the Assam Police took out a torch rally against the atrocities inflicted by militants on innocent people. (ANI)

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