India’s Modi rails against illegal immigrants after Muslim killings


Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial front-runner in India’s mammoth general election, on Sunday reiterated his strong stance against illegal immigrants, just days after a wave of sectarian killings in the north-eastern state of Assam.India is in the home stretch of a five-week election, which has heightened ethnic and religious tensions in many parts of the country and in which Modi’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to emerge as the biggest group.India deployed troops in Assam on Saturday after more than 30 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by Bodo tribal militants, who resent the presence of settlers they claim are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Modi has repeatedly called for tighter border controls and last week said illegal immigrants from Bangladesh living in the state of West Bengal should have their “bags packed” in case he came to power.

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