NDFB rebels massacre 15 people in Assam

NDFB rebels on Monday gunned down 15 people, including 5 Hindi-speaking persons and 8 bus passengers, and injured 16 others in a series of attacks in Assam`s Sonitpur and Baksa districts.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 21:53 PM IST

Tezpur: NDFB rebels on Monday gunned down 15
people, including 5 Hindi-speaking persons and 8 bus
passengers, and injured 16 others in a series of attacks in
Assam`s Sonitpur and Baksa districts.

8 persons, mostly Arunachal Pradesh government
employees, were gunned down and 12 others injured by cadres of
the anti-talk faction of the Bodo militant group who fired on
their bus in Assam`s Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal
Pradesh.

6 armed NDFB militants opened indiscriminate fire on
the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport bus travelling from
Tezpur to Seijusa at an isolated place in the Bodo-dominated
Boimara area under Sootea police station around four pm, IGP
(Northern Range) S N Singh said.

Of the 12 injured, the condition of four was critical,
Singh said.

The militants then targeted the Belsiri railway
station under Dhekiajuli police station in the same district
of Sonitpur where the NDFB ultras gunned down five
Hindi-speaking people as they were getting down from a train,
police said.

The 5, including a woman, were killed on the spot,
the sources said.

The victims were travelling in a local train from
Guwahati to Rangapara in the district.

Then at Hugrajuli in the Dhekiajuli police station
area, a woman was shot dead. The militants injured two more at
Batasipur in the same police station area.

In their fifth strike, the militants killed one more
person identified as Mohan Das at Kekerichuchi in Bodo-
dominated Baksa district and injured 2 more.

The wounded in the Boimara incident were admitted to
the Biswanath Chariali Civil Hospital, the IGP said.

Most of the victims were Arunachal government
employees returning home after the Diwali holidays, official
sources said.

Eyewitnesses in the Boimara firing said they heard the
militants saying that if one more of their cadres or another
Bodo was killed, they would kill 20, apparently referring to
yesterday`s incident in which one NDFB rebel was killed in an
encounter with police at Laldenga near Belsiri.

On November one, the banned NDFB had warned the Centre
and the state governments of retaliation if any of its cadres
was killed `in fake encounters`.

Self-styled NDFB lieutenant B Jwngkhang in an e-mail
sometime back had accused the state and central governments of
staging `fake encounters` putting the blame on the NDFB and
alleged that innocent school students, farmers and simple
living Bodo people were killed.

Later in the day, 2 parcel bombs were found in a
private passenger bus from Guwahati, police said.

Suspected to have been planted by the anti-talk
faction of NDFB in the Barpeta-Guwahati bus, the 2 bombs
were found during a checking at Amingaon area of the city.

The driver and his helper ran away immediately after
seeing the police.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee has
condemned the killings and termed the attacks as inhumane and
acts of cowardice.

"Killing of innocent people expose the brutality and
inhuman nature of the assailants who in order to prove their
supremacy targeted common denizens who have nothing to do with
militancy," he said in a statement in Itanagar.

Khandu has already issued directives to the home
ministry to beef up the security apparatus in the area to
check further occurrence of such incidents.

He said he would take up the matter with Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi and initiate necessary steps to contain
such activities along the inter-state boundary.

Khandu also appraised the Centre about the incident
and urged for adequate forces to tackle the situation, the
statement said.

PTI