Suspected ULFA militants gun down five in Tinsukia of Assam on Thursday evening. The incident takes place under near Dhola Sadiya Bridge.
According to reports, the militants belongs United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Independent. The battle fatigues militants randomly picked five people at gunpoint from Kherbari area and killed them.
The victims belong to Bengali community identified as Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Subal Biswas and Dhananjay Namsudra.
The Director General of Assam Police, Kuladhar Saikia and the ADGP Mukesh Agarwalla among other top officers rushed to the spot.
On the other hand the Army has launched a massive counter-insurgency operation along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. The Assam Rifles is keeping a vigil on the porous Indo-Myanmar border.
Several Bengali organisations have called for a 12-hour bandh in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district on Friday in protests against the mass killing of Bengali Hindus. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also announced protest rallies by Trinamool Congress in different parts of the state.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked State Ministers Keshav Mahanta and Topon Kumar Gogoi and Parmal Shuklabaidya to visit the spot to take stock of the situation.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the attack on Twitter. “Deeply anguished by civilian casualties in an attack in Upper Assam region. It is a reprehensible act of mindless violence. Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal regarding the incident and asked him to take strict possible action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” he said.