Policeman, 2 ULFA militants killed in encounter

A police officer and two ULFA militants were killed during an encounter in Assam`s Tinsukia district, police said.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 18:28 PM IST

Dibrugarh/Tinsukia (Assam): A police
officer and two ULFA militants were killed during an encounter
in Assam`s Tinsukia district on Tuesday, police said.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of ULFA
militants in Tongona village under Kakopathar police station,
the police launched a search operation in the village and were
fired upon by the militants.

The police retaliated and a fierce encounter followed
for more than two hours in which Second Officer Pranjal Saikia
of Kakopathar police station was killed along with the two
militants on the spot, the sources said.
While one slain ultra was identified as Tinku Mahanta
alias Ilu while the identity of the other one was yet to be
ascertained.

The security forces recovered one pistol, one AK-56
and an empty magazine from the encounter site.

Security in the Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh,
Tinsukia, Sibsagar and Jorhat have been intensified following
intelligence reports of possible attack by the anti-talk
faction of the ULFA ahead of the assembly polls in the state
on April 4 and April 11.
The anti-talk National Democratic Front of Bodoland
(NDFB) militants yesterday ambushed a BSF convoy at the remote
Ultapani forest area along the Indo-Bhutan border killing
eight BSF personnel and injuring as many.

PTI