The Telegraph
Friday , January 22 , 2016

Kokrajhar kids worst hit: Cop

- 48 terror victims attend meet organised by Assam police

Guwahati, Jan. 21: Kokrajhar district has the highest number of children who have lost their parents in terrorist attacks.

"As many as 267 children were affected by militancy in Kokrajhar district, which is the highest in Assam. The number is quite high in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD)," said additional director-general of police of Government Railway Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here today.

Altogether 48 children from Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Manipur, who were affected by terrorist attacks, attended the event under the "Know my India" initiative of Assam police's project Ashwas in association with the Union home ministry's National Foundation for Communal Harmony.

The visiting children came here on Tuesday evening.

The Ashwas project was set up in 2001 by the police with the initiative of chief minister Tarun Gogoi as a welfare organisation to serve the families that were affected by insurgency.

"Several families have been affected by terrorist attacks over the past 15 years. Many children have overcome their tragedies and have thrived in their lives," Mahanta said.

Ashwas, with the help of police officials, handles all the legal aspects of the family members of the terror victims.

"They look into the children's education. An amount of Rs 600 is being given to all the affected children for their education till they turn 18. The officials also ensure that the money is spent on its actual purpose and also identify the students who are doing well," he added.

Today, the visiting children participated in a drawing competition " Hamara samay, hamara khushi" following which they had a ferry ride on the Brahmaputra.

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