TT Epaper
The Telegraph
CIMA Gallary

Violence-hit kids find a home

- Three orphaned children shifted to SOS Children’s Village

Guwahati, May 15: The Child Welfare Committee, Baksa, today decided to shift three of the six children orphaned during the May 2 militant attacks at Narayanguri village to SOS Children’s Village, Hojai, in Nagaon district.

Militants gunned down the parents of the six children, aged between eight and 16 years, on May 2. Since then they have been living in the relief camp at Narayanguri, about 1km away from their village. Altogether 498 people, including 200 minors, are taking shelter at the relief camp.

The six were produced before the child welfare committee today following instructions from the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Friday. The commission had instructed the Baksa district administration to immediately shift the orphans to children’s homes.

Sources in the commission told The Telegraph today that the three orphaned siblings, aged between eight and 13 years, are living with their 60-year-old grandmother, Tara Banu, at the relief camp. Two of them are girls who study in Classes VI and VII respectively, while their eight-year-old brother studies in Class III.

“Since they lost their parents and their grandmother is poor, the three will be shifted to the SOS village in a couple of days. The child welfare committee will take a decision tomorrow regarding the three other kids,” the source said.

Militants had attacked Balapara village in Kokrajhar district and Narayanguri and Khagrabari villages in Baksa district on May 1 and 2, leaving 46 people, including 22 children, dead. Two children are reported to be missing.

The Telegraph in its May 5 edition had reported how the children who saw their parents being killed by militants were in a state of utter shock.

Save The Children, an NGO, yesterday urged the Assam government to take proper care of the 200 children who fled their houses and are taking shelter at Narayanguri camp.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, during his visit to the relief camps, had announced that those orphaned in the violence would be shifted to SOS Children’s Village and the government would assist other children affected by the attacks.

 More stories in Northeast

  • Sivasagar enter final
  • KV boys and Rose Bud bloom in Latasil
  • Agartala beefs up security for counting
  • Rain forces new observer choice
  • Violence-hit kids find a home
  • Miners' panel slams tribunal
  • Centre nod to 28 flood schemes
  • Dima Hasao eyes high-yielding maize
  • Fake notes seized
  • Jha denied bail again
  • Manipur BJP in celebration mode
  • Himanta meets CM, Dutta calls off visit
  • Wife arrested
  • Groups renew relief cry
  • AMCH official admits lapses
  • Concern over devil worship
  • Shanker Singh in top spot
  • GCCC beat River Rine
  • NE front to back NDA
  • Frontrunners confident of victory