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15 dead in killing spree by NDFB ultras

By Staff Reporter/CORRESPONDENT

GUWAHATI/TEZPUR, Nov 8 � After a brief lull, fresh violence rocked Assam yet again as at least 15 persons were killed in separate incidents of violence carried out by the militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in different parts of the State since this afternoon. The death toll is likely to go up since the condition of the injured is stated to be critical.

Police sources said that the attacks by the militant group are suspected to be in retaliation for killing of a hardcore militant this morning as the militant group had recently threatened to kill 20 Indians in retaliation to killing of one member of the outfit.

Police sources said that the first incident took place when the militants attacked a bus travelling from Itakhola in Sonitpur district of Assam to the Sijucha area of Arunachal Pradesh around 4.45 pm. Sources said that a militant, posing as a passenger, stopped the bus and as soon the bus stopped, heavily armed militants emerged from the jungles on both sides of the road. The militants first separated the male passengers of the bus from the women and children and later opened indiscriminate firing on the menfolk, killing seven of them on the spot. All those killed were employees of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, sources added.

The second incident took place near Belsiri Railway Station between Missamari and Batashipur in Dhekiajuli area. At least six militants, who came on motorcycles, opened fire at a crowd of people killing five persons including a woman on the spot.

The third incident took place in Tamulpur area when two armed miscreants killed one Mohan Das at his residence, while, two others received serious bullet injuries and their condition is stated to be critical.

In yet another incident, two more persons belonging to the Nepali community were gunned down by the militants near Mazbat in Udalguri district.

Police sources said that only this morning, one hardcore NDFB militant, identified as Maheswar Basumatary, was killed by security forces in Naurengi centre near Batashipur and the attacks by the outfit are suspected to be in retaliation to the killing. It may be mentioned here that the NDFB has been creating havoc in the areas bordering Bhutan and Arunachal Pardesh by taking advantage of the terrain and launched a kidnapping and extortion spree in the area.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has strongly condemned the incident and issued strict instructions to the police and security forces to launch a manhunt to nab the culprits involved.

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15 dead in killing spree by NDFB ultras

GUWAHATI/TEZPUR, Nov 8 � After a brief lull, fresh violence rocked Assam yet again as at least 15 persons were killed in separate incidents of violence carried out by the militants belonging to the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in different parts of the State since this afternoon. The death toll is likely to go up since the condition of the injured is stated to be critical.

Police sources said that the attacks by the militant group are suspected to be in retaliation for killing of a hardcore militant this morning as the militant group had recently threatened to kill 20 Indians in retaliation to killing of one member of the outfit.

Police sources said that the first incident took place when the militants attacked a bus travelling from Itakhola in Sonitpur district of Assam to the Sijucha area of Arunachal Pradesh around 4.45 pm. Sources said that a militant, posing as a passenger, stopped the bus and as soon the bus stopped, heavily armed militants emerged from the jungles on both sides of the road. The militants first separated the male passengers of the bus from the women and children and later opened indiscriminate firing on the menfolk, killing seven of them on the spot. All those killed were employees of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, sources added.

The second incident took place near Belsiri Railway Station between Missamari and Batashipur in Dhekiajuli area. At least six militants, who came on motorcycles, opened fire at a crowd of people killing five persons including a woman on the spot.

The third incident took place in Tamulpur area when two armed miscreants killed one Mohan Das at his residence, while, two others received serious bullet injuries and their condition is stated to be critical.

In yet another incident, two more persons belonging to the Nepali community were gunned down by the militants near Mazbat in Udalguri district.

Police sources said that only this morning, one hardcore NDFB militant, identified as Maheswar Basumatary, was killed by security forces in Naurengi centre near Batashipur and the attacks by the outfit are suspected to be in retaliation to the killing. It may be mentioned here that the NDFB has been creating havoc in the areas bordering Bhutan and Arunachal Pardesh by taking advantage of the terrain and launched a kidnapping and extortion spree in the area.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has strongly condemned the incident and issued strict instructions to the police and security forces to launch a manhunt to nab the culprits involved.