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On the morning of February 18, 1983, Assam witnessed one of the bloodiest massacres of independent India. In a horrific mob attack, babies, women and men were hacked to death in a rural area called Nellie, a few hours from Guwahati. Officially, the number of dead was put at anything between 600 and 1,600. Now, activists point out that the number killed is anything between 2,200 and 3,000. The numbers might be conflicting. What is not is the brutality and the cold-blooded manner with which eyes were gorged out, limbs chopped off, heads severed, bodies punctured with spears, people killed with bows and arrows, swords and houses set on fire. The mutilated bodies were left in the paddy fields. Few survived and some of the ones who did, unable to withstand the shock, even lost their speech, went into deep trauma.

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Arijit Sen reports from Northeast India. He was at NDTV before joining CNN-IBN in 2005. Arijit began journalism in December 1999 with The Edit page of The Pioneer in New Delhi. A 2010/11 Gerda Henkel Fellow at Oxford University, Arijit received the News Television Award in 2010. He was given the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism award twice, in 2008-09 and 2009-10, for his reporting from Northeast India. Arijit did his Masters in Economics from Calcutta University.

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