Guwahati, Feb 22 (IANS): Tribal militants today shot dead a leader of the influential All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam (AASAA) in the State, officials said.
A police spokesperson said AASAA president Bosco Chermako was killed around 10 am after being shot from close range near Jacobpur in Kokrajhar district of Assam, bordering West Bengal. "Preliminary reports indicate that two gunmen riding on a motorcycle fired at the AASAA leader using an AK-47 assault rifle from a very close range," a senior police official said.
Chermako was on his way to his in-laws' home in a nearby village when the gunmen attacked him.
No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but police suspects it to be the handiwork of the anti-talk faction of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
"The area is a stronghold of the NDFB and there has always been a clash of egos between the outfit and other Adivasi groups residing in the area," the official said.