India's demon blues: Tea garden cash van ambushed in Assam

One person was killed and two others were injured when suspected militants fired at a vehicle believing it to be carrying cash.

Published: 16th November 2016 05:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2016 09:19 PM   |  A+A-

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GUWAHATI: With logistics vans carrying cash to ATMs and bank branches across the country since the demonetization of high-value currency notes, militants ambushed a vehicle in Assam's Tinsukia district early Wednesday morning and killed one person and left two others wounded.

The vehicle, belonging to a tea estate of Pengeri in Tinsukia district, was headed to Doomdooma to fetch cash from a bank when it came under fire. The militants believed it to be carrying cash.

"The incident took place in a forested area. Four people were travelling in the vehicle. One of them was killed and two others, including a security guard, were injured. The injured have been rushed to a hospital," police said.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the incident. "It was an act of cowardice perpetrated on innocent people who were going to withdraw cash for tea garden workers. I assure everybody that the perpetrators won't go scot-free and stringent action will be taken against them," he said in a statement.

The chief minister directed the police to launch a combing operation to nab the perpetrators.

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