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Militants gun down 5 in Assam's Tinsukia district (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Guwahati 

At least five persons were killed in district of when militants fired indiscriminately at a group of people on Thursday evening, police said.

The incident took place at a remote location called Kherbari under in the district that borders in eastern Assam, the police said.

Locals said four-five armed militants came in and started firing at the people who were playing Ludo in front of a Dhaba on late Thursday evening.

The police suspect the hand of anti-talk action of ULFA militants behind the incident.

Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Mahanta said that an operation has been launched in and around the district to track the militants involved in the incident.

Condemning the Dhola incident, said he has spoken with and asked him take strict action against the culprits.

"Deeply anguished by civilian casualties in an attack in Upper 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," Singh tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sonowal has asked state Water Resources and for Power Topon Kumar Gogoi to rush to the to take stock of the situation.

Sonowal also asked Assam DGP Kula Saikia and ADGP Mukesh Agarwalla to immediately visit the site to tackle the situation, according to an official statement.

The said that perpetrators of the crime would be dealt with firmly. He also directed all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to remain alert.

He condoled the death of innocent people and conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families, the statement said.

On October 13, the same ULFA faction had triggered a blast in Guwahati this year and claimed responsibility. Its chief had later told some TV news channels that the blast was a warning to those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.



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First Published: Fri, November 02 2018. 00:06 IST