The NDFB(S) Saturday gunned down two people in Assam, a day after militants from the group killed five Hindi-speaking people in Kokrajhar. While a Hindi-speaking barber was shot dead in Ambagaon village, a man identified as Imran Ali was killed by militants in Chirang district.
NDFB(S) militants had at 9.50 pm Friday stopped two night buses, pulled out nine Hindi-speaking persons and shot them, killing five. The attack was in retaliation to security forces killing a top cadre of the militant group.
Six or seven militants in Army fatigues stopped two buses on the highway and asked all Hindi-speaking passengers from one of those to get down. The incident took place within six hours of Assam’s new DGP Khagen Sarma assuming office.
While five died on the spot, three were injured. One of the targets, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, escaped. His brother was shot dead. One of the buses was going from Siliguri to Jonai, the other from Siliguri to Shillong.
Four of the deceased have been identified as Pappu Kumar Singh, Somser Mantri, Ahati Bihari Giri and Ras Bihari Giri — all from Bihar. The fifth victim is yet to be identified. The bodies of the deceased were sent to their native villages after the autopsy.
“It is a case of selectively targeting Hindi-speaking persons. The NDFB has a history of doing this every time they lose a cadre,” Assam Home Secretary G D Tripathi said. CM Tarun Gogoi described it as an act of cowardice and called for prompt action.
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