Assam Killing: ULFA Said Not Involved In Killing Of 5 Men In Tinsukia
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Assam Killing: ULFA Said Not Involved In Killing Of 5 Men In Tinsukia

At least five people were killed in suspected militant attack by United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) — ULFA (I) — in Assam’s Tinsukia district Thursday (November 1) evening.

According to reports, the incident took place at Kherabari area, near Dhola-Sadiya bridge under Sadiya assembly constituency of Upper Assam, at around 7.45 pm.

Sources said that six young men were abducted by unidentified gunmen and were later shot near Brahmaputra River.

Four people died on the spot and one succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital. Another injured person was rushed to the hospital. Three members of a family were among the five killed.

Assam police ADGP Mukesh Agarwala said that suspected ULFA (I) militants were behind the attack.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned “the killing of innocent people” and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families.

“Strong action will be taken against the perpetrators of this dastardly violence. We will not tolerate such cowardly act,” he told PTI.

Sonowal said he has directed state ministers Keshav Mahanta and Tapan Gogoi along with DGP Kuladhar Saikia to rush to the spot.

“We will not spare the culprits for the killings,” he said.

The chief minister appealed to the people of Assam to maintain peace and harmony.

Home minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted:

The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) has denied its involvement in the killing of five men in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Thursday.

In a written statement, ULFA (I) has denied any involvement in the killing of five men on Thursday (November 1).

“We, United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) would like to make it clear to all concerned authorities that our organisation does not have any involvement in the firing incident that occurred on November 1 at Sadiya Saikhowaghat in Tinsukia district,” the militant outfit said in the statement.

According to the Assam Police, a group of assailants with sophisticated weapons came to the village near Dhola-Sadiya bridge and called out five-six people from their house around 8 pm.

They then opened indiscriminate fire upon those people before fleeing under the cover of darkness, a police officer said.

Police officers said they suspect the gunmen belonged to the ULFA (Independent) faction as they were in battle fatigue.

Meanwhile, the All Bengali Youth Students federation has called for a 12-hour shutdown in the district.

Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, former chief minster Tarun Gogoi, opposition Congress state president Ripun Bora, AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam and the Assam Sahitya Sabha were among those who also denounced the incident.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a Twitter post, wondered if the attack was related to developments around the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“Is this the outcome of recent NRC development,” she questioned.

Banerjee strongly condemned the incident and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

“Terrible news coming out of Assam. We strongly condemn the brutal attack in Tinsukia… We have no words to express our deep sorrow to the grieving families. The perpetrators must be punished at the very earliest,” she added.

 

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