ULFA Militant Killed, Others Flee, in Tinsukia, Assam

Guwahati: A hardcore militant of anti-talk faction group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Friday night, police reported on Saturday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of army and police launched search operation at Hebeda village in the district, where five members militant group were hiding.

“The militant group took shelter at the area. When we reached the area the militants started firing on the troops and were forced to exchanged bullets,” Tinsukia SP P P Singh said.

Reports say a militant was killed on the spot and others managed to flee from the encounter spot.

In addition, security forces also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in the slain militant’s possession.

Top police and army officials rushed to the area and launched a search operation to nab the militants.

Meanwhile, security forces recovered two Improvised Explosive Device (IED)’s from the Nagajan area near Duliajan on Friday evening.

“The IED’s were planted near the oil pipe lines in the area,” a top police official said.

Later, a bomb squad team of army defused the IED’s.

Paresh Asom alias Paresh Baruah led ULFA and is active in the districts of upper Assam for his bombing activities.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.