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People of Dimol village wait to leave their homes following ethnic clashes in Kokrajhar, Assam state, India, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Government troops sent to quell communal clashes over land rights in this northeast Indian state were under orders Tuesday to shoot suspected rioters on sight after some 21 people were killed in machete attacks and dozens of homes were burned to the ground. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT

Ethnic violence drives panic across India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Saturday, August 18, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam.