Northeast India, linked to the rest of the country by a narrow land bridge, has seen decades of unrest among ethnic and separatist groups. Rengma Naga refugees from the Phencherop belt of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council fled their homes and took shelter at different relief camps after a fresh bout of violence erupted in the region, in Assam, India. Clashes between tribes in the northeastern Assam state have left 17 dead and forced thousands to flee. The latest violence, between the Karbi and Rengma Naga tribes over attempts to grab land, has involved villagers being shot at close range and their bodies dumped in a jungle area. AS many as 35,000 people of the Reang tribe, who have crossed over from Mizoram to Tripura since 1997 following atrocities committed against them allegedly by Mizos, are stranded in eight refugee camps in North Tripura.

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