Karimganj: At least seven
militants of a local organisation were gunned down and an Army
Major was seriously injured in an encounter in Assam`s
Karimganj district on Friday.
A huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition
were recovered from the slain ultras, police sources said.
A company of the Army, deployed in remote Gutguti in
the Ratabari police station area, was marching in a routine
parade when the militants opened fire early this morning, the
The troops retaliated and in the gun battle that ensued
seven ultras were shot dead and an Army Major was also
Three militants were killed on the spot and bodies of
four others recovered from the interior jungles after a
search, the sources said.
The identity of the extremists was not immediately
known, but they were suspected to belong either to the United
Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) or Tripura based BRU outfit,
the sources said.
Sophisticated weapons, including AK-47 and 56 series
rifles, and hand grenades were recovered from them.
The area is inaccessible by road and can be reached
only after an eight-hour journey from the nearest road head.
The army officer wounded in the gun fight was taken to
Kolkata in an helicopter for medical treatment, they said.
Senior police and Army officials are at the spot and
additional troops have been rushed to the area for launching
operation against the ultras, whose number has been put at 40,
and are hiding in the area.
The UDLA is active in areas between Karimganj and