DERGAON, Nov 13 � Tension prevails at Ratanpur, Uriumghat along the Assam-Nagaland border following the death of a person in firing by Naga miscreants around 11 am today. Three others were seriously injured in the firing and nine others are reportedly missing.
According to Golaghat Superintendent of Police PP Singh, one Prem Ekka (35) died on the spot and three others were injured when miscreants opened fire on them while they were busy harvesting paddy at Ratanpur village. Talking to The Assam Tribune, the SP said cadres of Naga outfit NCSN were involved in the firing.
According to information, a group of thirteen people were harvesting their paddy, when several rounds were fired at them. While Prem died on the spot, three others, including two women, were seriously injured. Among them Bobita Kujur (36) received serious bullet injuries and was shifted to the Golaghat Civil Hospital. Her condition is stated to be critical. Julius Kujur (38) and Monika Kujur (40) were admitted to the Sarupathar Civil Hospital with bullet injuries.
When contacted, Officer Incharge of Uriumghat Police Station Moneswar Bey informed that the body of Prem Ekka was recovered. Nine persons are missing. The local villagers fear that they were taken away by the Naga miscreants and may be kept as captives. The Golaghat Deputy Commissioner, the SP and other top officials have rushed to the spot and are keeping a strict vigil on the situation.
It has been alleged that some Naga people have forced the people of the areas to make written declarations that the land there is owned by the Nagas and they are to give tax for cultivating there. On the other hand, the SSB personnel deployed at the disputed areas are allegedly encouraging the Naga people to force the Assamese people to pay taxes. Consequently, those who refuse to pay tax are killed by the Naga miscreants, it was further alleged.