ULFA militant killed

Goalpara: Security forces today claimed to have killed an ULFA militant who executed the July 30 IED blast on a CRPF vehicle killing five jawans and causing injuries to 44 others.

According to sources, one amongst the two ULFA cadres-- killed by a joint team of police and CRPF here yesterday-- was Francis Rabha (26) who executed the deadly attack on a CRPF bus at Bhalukbudi which was carrying troops of the CRPF's 12th battalion 'E' Company on July 30.

"Rabha had executed the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack on July 30 on the Central force's bus that was returning after its personnel undertook an Army training exercise," a senior CRPF officer said.

Rabha and his slain associate Pathak Rabha (20) were affiliated to the '109 battalion' of ULFA.

They fired at the security personnel during routine patrolling by forces at Doosrapara Matia under Goalpara police station before being killed yesterday, police sources said.

As the personnel pursued the ultras inside the jungles, an exchange of fire ensued and the two militants were killed at around 5 am.

An AK-47 rifle, Chinese-make hand grenade, a 9-mm pistol, 43 rounds of ammunition, few rounds of INSAS rifles were recovered from the slain ultras.

On July 30, the IED placed near a bridge exploded when a bus carrying the Central Reserve Police Force personnel to Goalpara town from Agiya Balijana camp passed through it.

Four of the jawans died on the spot while the fifth succumbed after reaching the hospital.

After the incident, ULFA publicity wing member Anu Buragohain called up TV channels in Assam claiming responsibility for the attack, while asserting that the underground outfit's long silence should not be read as a sign of weakness.

He also demanded that the government show its responsibility towards holding talks with his organisation.