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Abducted FCI official dies in crossfire
Bijay Shankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, July 12
The abducted Food Corporation of India (FCI) official Dr P.C. Ram was killed at around 1 am today on being caught in a crossfire between a team of the Assam police and a group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants at Borka Paneetema village in Kamrup district about 30 km from here.

“Two ULFA militants were also killed in the gun battle that lasted for over three hours. The police seized two AK-56 rifles, two grenades, one M-20 pistol and one improvised explosive device from the encounter site,” informed R.N. Mathur, director general (DG) of the Assam police.

“Three bodies were found including that of two ULFA cadres. The third body was of an elderly person and we believe it to be that of Dr Ram on the basis of circumstantial evidences. But either Dr Ram’s son or wife will have to identify the body to enable us to make an official declaration,” the DG said.

The state police chief said that a police team surrounded a two-room house of one Govinda Deka at Borka Paneetema village on the basis of a tip-off about presence of ULFA militants there. “We did not have prior information about the presence of Dr Ram along with that group of militants. Otherwise, the treatment of the operation would have been different,” he said.

State chief secretary P.C. Sharma said DNA samples were collected from Ram’s body. Samples will be sent to the forensic laboratory in Hyderabad.

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