Pointing out that 31 people being killed in the Assam violence were from the minority community, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday that the objective of the group behind the killings seemed to be triggering a full-fledged communal conflagration.

“During the last few days, there have been wanton acts of depredation leading to the death of 32 persons, mainly women and children. Of these, 31 belonged to the minority community. These innocent lives were lost at the hands of cadres of a certain group,” said Mr. Shinde, appealing to all to maintain calm.

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