One Ultra Lynched, Two Hurt in Assam Backlash

Published: 10th February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2015 04:08 AM   |  A+A-


GUWAHATI: A militant was lynched and two others were injured, one of them seriously, by a mob in Southern Assam’s Dima Hasao district.

The incident comes barely two days after five extremists of the Sangbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were brutally beaten up by a mob in Western Assam’s Baksa district. The incident in Dima Hasao came out on Sunday.

“People were at the Bushu Dima (tribal Dimasa version of Assamese Bihu) festival at a very remote area of the district when four militants of the Dima Hasao National Army, with one carrying a pistol, arrived at the site. Soon, they picked up an altercation with some revelers. In the attack by the mob that followed, a militant was killed while two others were injured.  One of them managed to escape,” Dima Hasao SP G V Siva Prasad Ganjala said.

“The condition of one of the injured rebels was stated to be very serious,” he said. Ganjala said all precautionary measures were being taken to foil possible retaliatory attacks by the militants.  “We have deployed adequate number of security personnel there. We are prepared to foil any counter attack. It’s a very remote place and there is no police post. So, that remains a matter of concern for us. I have for long been trying to set up a permanent police post there,” he added.

On Friday, five militants of the NDFB Sangbijit faction were brutally beaten up by a mob before they were rescued by the police.  The incident occurred when the rebels came to extort money from the organisers of a festival.  All five rebels are now undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.

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