MASSIVE Army Operation Undertaken Following Killing Of 5 Persons In Upper Assam By Terrorists

FIVE people were killed by suspected ant-talks United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) terrorists in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district, 500 km from the state capital, on Thursday evening. However ULFA’s Paresh Bruah faction has denied the accusation. It is alleged that the terrorists were in battle fatigues and randomly picked five people at gunpoint from Kherbari Bisonibari area and killed them on the bank of the Lohit river.Assam police chief Kuladhar Saikia and top officers rushed to the spot .Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has deputed two ministers to make an on the spot study of the situation. The Army has launched a massive counter-insurgency operation along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. The Assam Rifles is keeping a vigil on the porous Indo-Myanmar border. The Pan Bazaar police have summoned United Liberation Front of Assam-Peace Talks leader Mrinal Hazarika, who had recently threatened Bengali organizations supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The victims have been identified as Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Subal Biswas and Dhananjay Namsudra, all Bangla speaking .Outraged over the merciless killings, several Bengali organizations have called for a 12-hour bandh in Tinsukia district today to protest the killings. At the  instance of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Trinamool Congress held protest rallies in the state. More than 100 organizations of Barak Valley under the banner of Rastrabadi Joutha Mancha have called for a 12-hour Assam Bandh on Saturday. “We condemn the killing of innocent citizens and place our demand before the Government to arrest Mrinal Hazarika, leader of the pro-talk ULFA(I) and also KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi at the earliest,” supporters of the bandh said. Silchar District Congress Committee has also condemned the killing and called for a 12-hour bandh. The Assam Tribune quoting a survivor says when the militants left the scene, they were conversing in Assamese.”But with us they spoke in Hindi. I am alive because I jumped on the other side of the place where we were lined up. It was dark and perhaps they did not see me when I jumped,” he said.

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