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Bengal will give shelter to Assamese refugees: Mamata

July 26, 2012 15:44 IST

Terming the situation in violence-hit districts of Assam as 'deplorable', West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the state will provide shelter to refugees fleeing trouble-torn areas.

"The situation in Kokrajhar and other districts in Assam where the conflict is on is deplorable ... Bengal will give shelter to the people coming from Assam in the wake of  the conflict," she said at the launch of employment bank and social freedom (Samajik Mukti) card in Kolkata.

"The administration in the bordering districts has given shelter to those leaving Kokrajhar. It is our social responsibility to provide them shelter and food even if we are half-fed," Banerjee said.

The chief minister also appealed to political parties to behave in a restrained manner and not to incite any violence in the present volatile condition in Kokrajhar.

Thousands of people were crossing over to Coochbehar and Jalpaiguri due to the violence in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous districts which entered its sixth day on Thursday.