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ULFA man killed, 2 held in encounter

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 � A militant of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) was killed and two others were arrested following an encounter with Assam Rifles personnel.

An Army release said that during the last few days, a number of complaints were being received from different sections of population regarding movement of ULFA cadres for carrying out extortion, threatening local populace and infiltrating into Assam through Mokokchung and Mon districts. On receipt of confirmed intelligence of the presence of ULFA cadres in Saringyunset village, a team of 31 Assam Rifles launched an operation in the early hours yesterday.

While the Assam Rifles troops were in the process of establishing cordon, the insurgents fled from the hideout. On being challenged, the suspects did not stop and opened fire. Due to the presence of civilians in the vicinity, the troops of Assam Rifles did not open fire but chased the fleeing insurgents who fled to nearby jungle. As the Assam Rifles troops closed in, the insurgents opened fire, injuring a jawan.

The firefight continued for about 10 minutes. During a subsequent search, Assam Rifles apprehended two ULFA insurgents Bapon Deka of Udalguri district and Pranjol Nath of Jelihua Gaon of Golaghat district. The body of self-styled lieutenant Prakash Bora, a resident of Jorhat, who was killed during the firefight, was also recovered. The Assam Rifles troops also apprehended Senti Longchar, a resident of Saringyungset village, the owner of the house from which huge quantities of ammunition and explosive materials were recovered.

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