Assam: ULFA insurgents exchange fire with police
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 15:53
Dibrugarh: ULFA insurgents exchanged fired with police in an encounter in the dense jungles of Dibrugarh district in upper Assam last night and fled away leaving behind arms and ammunition, a senior district police official said on Sunday.

Based on intelligence input that the four extremists were hiding in the forests between Madhupur and Medela, the police surrounded the area and the ultras came face-to-face with the security men as they were attempting to escape in two motor-bikes, district superintendent of police Arabinda Kalita said.

The ultras opened fire and four of their bullets hit the vehicle of the police but none was injured, Kalita said.

The police also retaliated but the undergrounds fled away towards the interior of the forests under the cover of darkness, he said.

During search operations, the two motor-bikes, a 15-kg IED, an AK-81 series assault rifle with 30 rounds of live cartridge and a mobile handset were recovered belong to the extremists were recovered, the SP said.

One of the militants was identified as Jayanta Handique alias Jyotish who had surrendered but was arrested for returning to the ULFA and was out on bail.

Meanwhile, a release of the anti-talk Paresh Baruah ULFA faction claimed that a CRPF jawan was killed and another injured besides their vehicle damaged in the encounter.

The faction's assistant publicity secretary Arunuday Dahotia in an e-mail to the media discounted as 'baseless' the district administration's claim that the rifle, motor-cycles, etc, were recovered from the encounter site.


First Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011, 15:53

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