Assam: Three army jawans killed, police blame ULFA, NSCN

This is first major attack by militants since the BJP-led government took charge in Assam in May.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: November 20, 2016 9:35 am
Security forces launch a combing operation in Pengeri reserve forest in Assam's Tinsukia district on Saturday. (PTI Photo) Security forces launch a combing operation in Pengeri reserve forest in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Three army jawans were killed and three others seriously injured in an ambush carried out by a joint group of ULFA and NSCN(K) militants near the oil town of Digboi, in Tinsukia district in eastern Assam, early on Saturday morning. The jawans were from 15 Kumaon Regiment.

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“The incident took place at about 5:30 am on Saturday, when a Maruti Gypsy and a truck of 15 Kumaon Regiment were moving from Pengeri towards Digboi. There must have been at least 15 militants in the group that fired from inside the Upper Dehing reserved forest. It is definitely the handiwork of the ULFA faction led by Paresh Barua, with support of the NSCN(K),” said Tinsukia Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta.

“There was heavy shelling from inside the jungle. They also used an IED, apart from firing with RPGs and at least one grenade,” said Mahanta. Pengeri is about 535 kilometres east of Guwahati.

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The two army vehicles were on duty as part of the counter-insurgency operations, Guwahati-based Army PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton told The Sunday Express. “15 Kumaon is based at Pengeri in Tinsukia district on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border,” he said.

Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the security forces to immediately launch a massive operation against the militants. “Nobody should be spared. It is also an instance of cowardice and the perpetrators will be handed unprecedented punishment,” he said.

This is the first major attack by ULFA militants since the BJP-led government took charge in Assam in May.

READ | Assam CM Sonowal condemns Tinsukia blast, says apt reply would be given

“Such an act is a threat to a peaceful society… the government will leave no stone unturned to unleash a combing operation to punish the insurgents involved,” said Sonowal.

“The present state government has been working to expedite all-round development in the state by maintaining a robust law and order situation. However, some proscribed organisations are bent on disturbing peace by carrying out subversive activities. The government is committed to foil such forces,” he added.

Earlier this week, a group of ULFA militants had fired on a van which was on its way to the bank to collect cash for disbursement of wages for labourers of the Pengeri tea estate.

 

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First Published on: November 20, 2016 5:05 am
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    Ahmed
    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:53 am
    India seriously needs to re-visit its policies. Why similar things are not happening in China. Instead of blaming others, its high time to correct ourselves. We need to go for doplomacy. Using brute force will open new front. Army will be over stretched which is already over committed in kashmir
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      Vijay
      Nov 19, 2016 at 7:17 am
      If demonetisation has hit terror funding, how could this terror act take place? Bjp is a bunch of liars
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        Vijay
        Nov 19, 2016 at 7:19 am
        Modi, stop taking bribes from birla and adani. If u have any shame, take stock of the situation.
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          A.insensitive.comment
          Nov 19, 2016 at 10:49 am
          Ah....like the GoI, let us be insensitive too.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead of the GoI staging fake encounters to kill Indian citizens, for a change the militants has staged a genuine encounter.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A good break from the 'demonetization news though'
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            Prateik
            Nov 19, 2016 at 10:55 am
            For me IT IS ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW MY PATRIOTISM, THOUGH I MYSELF DON'T BELONG TO THE COUNTRY! AND THAT IS WHY I, AN ARYAN, I HAD TO TIME AND THEN TSKE LEVERAGE IF THE SITUATION LIKE THIS AND EXPRESS THAT I ALSO BELONG TO THE COUNTRY.
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              Nag
              Nov 19, 2016 at 11:02 am
              Bugwan Bagawat has ordered all RSS Chaddis to march to Asam border. He also ordered all RSS supporters(bhakwas bhakts) to dedicate their one month ry to the families of the martyred soldiers. All bhakwas bhakts have agreed!
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                khan
                Nov 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm
                Indian soldiers are butchered daily in Kashmir , Khalistan, mesoram, tamilnado, bodoland , am, chatesgarh , Manipur and siachin. My sympathies are with these poor soldiers but why politicians are enjoying dead comrades
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                  Amit
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 10:50 am
                  No excuses for not being vigilant enough.
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                    Virendra Sason
                    Nov 19, 2016 at 11:30 am
                    May God bless her soul and give patience to bereaved family. lt;br/gt;How long will Indian solders sacrifices their lives?
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                      Arsl
                      Nov 20, 2016 at 6:48 am
                      am needs Freedom, am wants to Quit India. Let us feel the Freedom. am is my country am is my homeland.
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                        Arsl
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 6:53 am
                        Soldiers are poor and dehli is using them for their own purpose, false Indians claims on others land is the biggest reason of instability in the region.
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                          arc
                          Nov 19, 2016 at 5:44 am
                          Now that's a spectacular surgical strike in this season of farjical strikes.
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                            avi
                            Nov 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm
                            With fake money trail from Porkistan drying up they are desperate !
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                              avi
                              Nov 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm
                              Your teleprinter is giving the false information have it cleaned and fixed.
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                                Raju
                                Nov 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                                Kejri eating, mamta dubious and obvious pappu cant rule aa
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                                  factisa
                                  Nov 19, 2016 at 6:33 am
                                  Gujju very busy, got no time...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Gujju collecting billions trillions fromlt;br/gt; housewives, lt;br/gt;old aged, lt;br/gt;savings in cash in house of ordinary indians...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;plus calling people as bkack marketers, smuglers, be rich means very bad thing in india, but his own friends in usa europe adani that all is good.
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                                    intuc
                                    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:55 am
                                    why are these guys called militants instead of terrorists?
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                                      Lovely
                                      Nov 19, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                      Where is Kejurruddin, Begum of West Bengal and Pappu of Italy
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                                        VINAY KUMAR
                                        Nov 19, 2016 at 6:27 am
                                        Only bloody fools will make politics out of this mishap with indian armed forces...............fools.
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                                          Shan
                                          Nov 21, 2016 at 9:00 am
                                          We have listen them, every thing we can not in the account of the stan and ISI. These are our peoples we have listen them and grant them autonomy as per their demands, we should look forward for the political reforms in our own system. India under Modi, we are making all protester only stani and ISI agent that is not fair.
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                                            L bhadrapati Devi
                                            Nov 19, 2016 at 8:52 am
                                            NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) are remained active for the last 4 decade even without money in Myanmar. These guerrilla has ethnic support bases in Myanmar. Being near the international border, they can have hit and run strike against security forces once in a blue moon. In Manipur, regular daily bomb blast at the residence of people and planting IED is drastically reduced due to economic hardship faced by demonetization.
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