In fresh violence in Assam,some miscreants allegedly armed with sophisticated automatic weapons including AK-47s and grenades attacked two Muslim-dominated villages in Kokrajhar on Monday night,killing a 45-year-old man,injuring seven others and displacing at least 5,000 from their homes.
According to reports,about 100 miscreants stormed Vhumki-I village,barely 500 metres from Salakathi police camp,around 10 pm. Noor Mohammed,who was guarding the village,died after four bullets pierced his chest. The attackers fled after the police fired at them.
Another group of miscreants attacked a village in Fakiragram around 9.30 pm,throwing grenades on houses and firing indiscriminately. Six persons,including two women and two minor children,were injured. Police said the group that attacked Vhumki may have come from a neighbouring village. We raided the village after the attack but the suspects had fled, said the officer-in-charge of Salakathi PS,Pranjal Hati Barua. The attackers had AK-47s while we have ordinary weapons, he added.
Moniuddin Ali,a leader of All Assam Minority Students Union who is also a resident of Vhumki-I,said the attackers entered from Bodo-dominated Najibari village,about 300 m away from Vhumki-I.
Their faces were covered,they first cordoned off Alis home and fired. They then spotted three men guarding the village and fired at them, said Mohd Bandu Mian of Vhumki. Hearing the gunshots,Noor Mohammed tried to rush to the police camp but was shot dead. We have given 10 empty cartridges to the security personnel who came to our village today. We found 75 empty cartridges from different places. Hundreds of bullets were fired, said another villager.
Police patrol the village every night,but they did not come last night. The attackers had prior information, alleged a villager.
We are planning to leave the village because there is no security, said Moinuddin Ali.