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GUWAHATI, May 11 � For those children of NK Khagrabari/Narayanguri villages of the worst-hit Baksa district, who lost their parents in the recent BTAD violence, a Hojai-based orphanage will be their new address.

The State Government has almost made its mind on shifting these orphans to the orphanage in a day or two. A team of specialist counsellors is also to be attached with the victims for at least a couple of weeks, official sources told The Assam Tribune.

Sources said a team comprising officials from the Chief Minister�s Office at Dispur here and the Social Welfare department will visit the district for the purpose. So far, six children � all boys, who had either lost their lone parent or both mother and father have been identified and are being kept under special care.

�The victims are aged between eight to 14 years. We will accommodate more such children if needed,� sources said, adding, all the arrangements to facilitate their stay in the orphanage are almost complete.

They being the worst affected in the recent BTAD killings, the State Government has chalked out a road-map to ensure quality upbringing of these orphans. �The children are in utter shock. With no one to look after them, it would be better to shift them to a proper place as soon as possible. We are trying our best to keep them busy,� an on-field government official said.

So far 45 people, including 20 children, have lost their lives in the BTAD violence which broke out since May 1.

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Violence-hit orphans to get new home

GUWAHATI, May 11 � For those children of NK Khagrabari/Narayanguri villages of the worst-hit Baksa district, who lost their parents in the recent BTAD violence, a Hojai-based orphanage will be their new address.

The State Government has almost made its mind on shifting these orphans to the orphanage in a day or two. A team of specialist counsellors is also to be attached with the victims for at least a couple of weeks, official sources told The Assam Tribune.

Sources said a team comprising officials from the Chief Minister�s Office at Dispur here and the Social Welfare department will visit the district for the purpose. So far, six children � all boys, who had either lost their lone parent or both mother and father have been identified and are being kept under special care.

�The victims are aged between eight to 14 years. We will accommodate more such children if needed,� sources said, adding, all the arrangements to facilitate their stay in the orphanage are almost complete.

They being the worst affected in the recent BTAD killings, the State Government has chalked out a road-map to ensure quality upbringing of these orphans. �The children are in utter shock. With no one to look after them, it would be better to shift them to a proper place as soon as possible. We are trying our best to keep them busy,� an on-field government official said.

So far 45 people, including 20 children, have lost their lives in the BTAD violence which broke out since May 1.

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