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16 from Hindi areas killed in Assam
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, August 11
In a barbaric incident that have exposed glaring loopholes in the security arrangements, tribal militants gunned down 16 Hindi-speaking people, including six children, at Dolomara Rang Teron village, under the Bokajan police station of Karbi Anglong hill district of Assam, late Friday night.

This is the second attack on the Hindi-speaking population in Karbi Anglong district within the last three days. Eight persons, including three women and two children, were slain by KLNLF and ULFA militants at Ampahar in the same district on the night of August 8.

DIG of Police, Central Range, L R Bishnoi said a group of about 15 militants belonging to the Karbi Longri North Cachar Hill Liberation Front (KLNLF) broke into houses of four Hindi-speaking families of Rang Teron village and indiscriminately fire from AK series assault rifles, killing 16 persons on the spot and injuring two others. The ultras also set a house and a rice mill on fire.

They first swooped down on the house of Dilip Sahu, who was away to his native place in Bihar, shot dead his wife, four children and brother Sandeep Sahu. The marauding militants then proceeded to engage in a bloodbath at the neighbouring houses of Ram Kumar Singh, Ram Naresh Singh and Dinanath Sharma and killed at least six more persons.

The dead have been identified as Rekha Devi (30), Sandeep Sahu (17), Rohit Sahu (2), Jeevan Sahu (9), two-month-old Rohan Sahu, Rajni Sahu (6), Rinki Kumari (9), Niki Kumari (6), Jogesh Kumar Singh (15), Prabhawati Devi, Munni Kumari (20), Brajabhusan Singh, Dinanath Sharma and Chandrasekhar Sharma.

The injured have been identified as Siban Sahu (8) and Sunu Sahu (20). “We don’t rule out the involvement of the banned ULFA in the attack as it is known to maintain coordination with tribal militant groups like the KLNLF,” the DIG said.

The police official said it was a Herculean task to patrol the hill district of Karbi Anglong, the largest in the state. The sparsely-populated hill district is inhabited by about 8.2 lakh people in 10,434 sq km area. It has only six police stations.

The terror-struck Hindi-speaking villagers of Dolomara Rang Teron village have taken shelter in the neighbouring Dolomara Tea Estate. There are 15 non-tribal families in the village that is located about 120 km away from the nearest police station at Bokajan.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited the area and assured them of proper security.

Nitish for Centre’s intervention

Patna: Taking a serious view of the incident, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today sought immediate intervention of the Centre to ensure the safety of Hindi-speaking people in Assam.

Kumar said Bihar's principal secretary Home Afzal Amanullah was told by Assam authorities that they would grant compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the families of the 24 Hindi-speaking persons killed. — PTI

Bandh call

Nagaon (Assam): Two Bihari organisations — Akhil Assam Bhojpuri Yuba Chatra Parishad and Akhil Assam Bihariu Yuba Manch — have called a 12-hour ‘Assam bandh' on August 14 to protest the killings of 24 Hindi-speaking persons in the state’s Karbi Anglong district since Wednesday. — PTI

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