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.

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“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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    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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