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Six more Hindi-speaking workers killed
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, August 12
Continuing with their dastardly design of ethnic cleansing, the Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front shot dead six more Hindi-speaking persons of two families late last night.

With this, the militant outfit has so far killed 29 Hindi-speaking persons in three incidents in the hill district since August 8.

A senior police official said the militants broke into the residences of two families at Upper Dehari village and took six persons to nearby river bank at Rongbong Ghat killing four on the spot and injuring two.

Four of the deceased have been identified as Mohan Kanu and his wife Sheela Gupta, Nandalal Sharma and Mahabir Sharma. Injured told the police that the assailants were conversing in Karbi dialogue among themselves. Both the families were running shops in the area. Three companies of additional paramilitary force personnel were sent to violence-hit Karbi Anglong.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi reviewed the law and situation in the district yesterday. The Hindi-speaking people living in the backward Karbi Anglong district are engaged in different small trades in remote corners. A sizeable section of the population is engaged in sugarcane cultivation on the land taken on lease from tribal landowners.

NEW DELHI: Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the killing. He has talked to the state government and enquired about actions being taken in this regard.

Home minister Shivraj Patil also condemned the attack and assured all possible help to the state government to check such attacks.

The Centre was in touch with the state and taking stock of the situation there, he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sought the Centre’s intervention in providing safety to the Hindi-speaking community.

BJP President Rajnath Singh and JD (U) president Sharad Yadav told mediapersons in Patna that such incidents were direct attack on the country’s unity and integrity.

A six-member team of MPs belonging to the BJP and the Janata Dal (U) would visit the state to take stock of the latest situation.

The team, constituted by Rajnath Singh and Yadav, will be headed by senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra. It will include Vikram Verma, Kharvel Swain, Kiren Rijiju, Mahendra Sahani and Janardan Sigriwal.



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