Five people shot dead by suspected ULFA militants in Assam

Threatening the push Assam back to dark days of terror and violence during 1980s and 1990s, 5 persons were shot dead by suspected ULFA militants in Assam. The incident happened at Kherbari village near Dhola in eastern Assam. The location is near the India’s longest Dhola Sadiya bridge over Lohit river.

According to reports, 6 suspected ULFA militants came to the village in the evening in Army fatigues, face covered with cloths. They went to a grocery shop in the village and asked six persons present there to come with them in the pretext of asking for some information. They took them away from the village to an isolated place, and asked them to sit in a row. After that, they started blindly firing at them. The firing killed five of them, but missed one person who was sitting at one end, who had lied down immediately after firing started. As it was dark, and the firing had caused smoke in the area, the attackers could not see the victims properly, and left assuming that all six are dead.

The deceased have been identified as Subol Das, Dhananjay Namashudra, Shyamal Biswas, Ananta Biswas and Avinash Biswas, three of them from the same family. Sahadev Namasudra was able to miraculously escape the massacre.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Security forces have already a launched a massive search operation in the area, including CRPF and Assam police commando teams. The area is not very far from past ULFA camps on Assam-Arunachal border. Assam government has asked DGP and ADGP of the police, and minister Keshab Mahanta, to go to the location immediately. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that strongest action will be taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

Section of politicians and activists in the state are already trying to create a divide between Assamese speaking and Bengali speaking people in the state. This incident has the potential to ignite that tension into a massive conflict. Given that context, Sonowal also directed all law enforcing agencies to maintain peace and take stern action against anybody trying to destabilise the environment in the state.

Trying to gain political mileage from the incidence, WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee used it to repeat her opposition to NRC, asking if the attacks are a result of recent development on NRC.

But probably the attack has nothing to do with NRC, the most probable reason behind that is proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act, which seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries. While several Bengali organisations in Assam are supporting the amendment, many non-Bengali organisations are opposing it. They fear that if large numbers of Hindu Bangladeshis are settled in Assam, the demography of the state will change forever, and Bengali will become the dominant language, like Tripura.

The state is facing continuous protests against the amendment, and even ULFA has spoken against it. ULFA also has a history of attacking people from other states, that’s why they are the main suspects of the attacks.

Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.

Most read articles recently

Nitin Gadkari at the receiving end: Is there a pattern?

Indian Express has a massive interview of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in its March 23, 2019 edition.
AM Sheikh Dawood promised of offering 10 litres of free liquor monthly to the families in his constituency on his victory

Independent candidate from Tamil Nadu promises 10 litres of free liquor every month on winning elections

An independent candidate from Tamil Nadu has come up with a strange promise of offering 10 litres of free liquor every month to every family in his constituency

Shunned by the BJP, jilted Shatrughan Sinha goes on a rampage against the party, rumoured to join Congress

Shatrughan Sinha was visibly irked and had a Twitter meltdown after the BJP declared Ravi Shankar Prasad's candidature from Patna Sahib constituency

Rahul Gandhi’s lucrative and seemingly clandestine means of income and his links to scam accused FTIL, Unitech

How does Rahul Gandhi earn to buy land and other properties? A mystery we try to unravel
Sapna Chaudhary denies rumours of her joining Congress

Embarrassment for Congress: Sapna Chowdhury says she never joined Congress, picture with Priyanka Gandhi old

Denying rumours, Sapna Chaudhary said that the photos in circulation on Internet were old
'Rahul Gandhi is running away from Amethi, not me': Smriti Irani on rumours BJP might field her from Wayanad

‘Rahul Gandhi is running away from Amethi, not me’: Smriti Irani on rumours BJP might field her from Wayanad

Smriti Irani rubbishes rumours that have surfaced about BJP thinking about fielding Smriti Irani from the Wayanad constituency too, to counter Rahul Gandhi. 
PM Modi’s blog on Lohia: Opposition parties and their friendly media in damage control mode

PM Modi’s blog on Lohia: Opposition parties and their friendly media in damage control mode

Media chose to cover reactions of opposition leaders rather than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scathing blog on Ram Manohar Lohia's 110th birth anniversary

Congress starts desperate efforts to shift Rahul Gandhi away from Amethi, third unit writes in few days

The Congress Amethi Unit has reportedly written to Rahul Gandhi urging him to contest from the Wayanad constituency from Kerala too
Smriti Irani to stay in amethi before the elections

Amethi praises Smriti Irani for working despite 2014 loss, talk about rail electrification, WiFi for Kalikan Dham devotees and more

Smriti Irani will be staying in Amethi among people and prepare her campaign strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign a silver bullet against a formidable ecosystem

I predict that once the dust on 2019 General Elections is settled in May, the BJP’s tagline of 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' would be a textbook study on how to run a successful social media campaign.

Latest articles

Connect with us


Don't miss these

Share This Post and Support: