Diphu: Ahead of the first phase of
assembly polls on Monday, KPLT insurgents on Saturday ambushed a
CRPF convoy killing four jawans and injuring as many in
Assam`s Karbi Anglong district.
A group of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tiger insurgents
opened fire at the convoy of three CRPF vehicles carrying 18
men at Arlangso in Deothar, police said.
The jawans died on the spot. While three of the
injured were admitted to Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL)
Hospital in neighbouring Golaghat district, one critically
injured was sent to Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
The paramilitary force personnel also retaliated but
the rebels escaped into the thick jungles, sources said.
Eleven rounds of empty cartridges of light machine
guns (LMG) and self-loading rifles (SLR) were recovered from
The CRPF men were on an operation in the area since
last night to ensure safety of the polling stations ahead of
the first phase of voting on Monday.
Three of the victims were identified as Mika Singh,
Dilip Kumar and Debendra Shaw.
The KPLT militant outfit was formed in January by an
anti-peace talk group of 25 members of the Karbi Longri
National Liberation Front (KLNLF) after it had laid down arms.
The KPLT had given a call for an indefinite district
bandh from Thursday saying it had not received a reply from
the political parties to its five-point charter of demands,
including autonomous statehood for Karbi Anglong, halt to
operations against the outfit and development of education
The extremist outfit had, however, withdrawn its bandh
call this morning.
Voting will be held in the district and 61 other
constituencies in the first phase of elections for the 126
member Assam assembly.