Assam is bleeding amid the swearing-in ceremony of Pranab Mukherjee as the new President of India. Citizens of the country have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment with the way the government has handled the Assam violence that has taken at least 41 lives.
"It's time to wake up..for the sake of our beloved motherland..stop illegal immigration,,save Assam," tweeted Manash Baruah.
"Why no report frm Governor of Assam on #AssamRiots. Why cant he ask for President Rule in Assam. Or is he confused which Prez to report??" wrote Gunjan Mathur.
The centre on Wednesday ruled out Bangladeshis' hands in the riots.
"We have asked the state government to book ring leaders of both sides so that violence can be checked immediately. No one involved in the violence will be spared," Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
"The international border is sealed. It is simply impossible for any organised group crossing over to India from across the border to carry out the attacks," he added.
However, citizens think Bangladeshi immigrants are a problem in the state.
"Centre rules out Bangladeshi hand in #AssamRiots . Which hand do they rule in?" tweeted Sharnarthee.
"Centre rules out Bangladeshi hand in violence,just that this 'centre' is 'the centre' of all the madness :p," wrote PChopra.
"Basically, they are correct. There is no Bengladeshi hand in #AssamRiots, there's Congress Hand. Yep, I don't have to think twice on it," tweeted Mihir Jha.
"Bangladesh influx has been an issue for decades.. it took #AssamRiots to come to notice sadly.." tweeted shruti.
"I fear that, if we show so much brotherhood to Bangladesh, my grands would only know migrants," said Mayank P Sharma.
People have also taken to Twitter to criticize the media for been bias and not giving enough attention to the deadly riots in Assam.
Well-known author Chetan Bhagat wrote on his Twitter page, "These aren't Assam riots. These are Indian riots. We shouldn't be less concerned just because they are happening in another state."
"An apology is assured in exchange of unbiased neutral reporting and the true figures of #AssamRiots victims," tweeted Akanksha Patankar in reply to popular journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who asked if he could expect an apology from those who abuse or question integrity based on their biases.
"Sorry to say,,all these news channels r tools of political parties..parties pay,,they telecast the news as instructed.." tweeted Manash Baruah.
"#paidmedia kept debating Gujarat Riot for 10 years and not even 10 hours for #Assamriots," wrote Akash Shah.
The death toll due to clashes between Bodo tribespeople and Muslim settlers in Assam has climbed to 41 and tens of thousands of people have been rendered homeless since last Friday.
13,000 troops have been deployed in the worst affected districts of Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon.
The defence ministry on Tuesday decided to deploy more army in the troubled areas after rioting refused to die down. 40 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts at present.
Violence started on Friday night after a group from Jayapur village, largely occupied by Muslims, allegedly killed four youth belonging to Bodo tribal community. The incident led to an all-out community war, followed by a series of clashes between the two groups.