11 killed in militant attack in Assam

GUWAHATI: Heaviy armed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) militants unleashed violence in two districts of Assam falling under the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), killing 11 people, including three children, and leaving three others seriously injured.
A group of 20 to 25 NDFB(Songbijit) militants, armed with AK-47 rifles, swooped down on three houses at Balapara-I village in Kokrajhar district in the early hours of today and fired indiscriminately killing seven persons on the spot, the police said.
IGP L R Bishnoi told PTI that two children and four women of the minority community were among the seven persons who were gunned down.
The body of a three-year-old child, who was also killed in the attack, was recovered from the area later this morning, he said, adding two men were also seriously injured.
Family members of the victims said the insurgents attacked one house after another, firing indiscriminately creating panic in the area.
This was the second attack by the militants since last night.
Three persons of a family, including two women, were shot dead and an infant was seriously injured by NDFB(Songbijit) militants in neighbouring Baksa district last night.
The militants carried out the massacre after entering the house near the Ananda Bazar area in Baksa district also within the BTAD, police said.
In the same district one Bipin Boro was shot at and seriously injured in his house by two suspected militants at Nizdefeli yesterday, police said. He was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
In an e-mail to PTI, anti-talks ULFA-Independent Assistant Publicity Secretary Arun Udoy Asom condemned the violence.
Meanwhile, the All Minority Students Union (AMSU), All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU) and several other organisations have condemned the killings and urged people to maintain peace.
Accusing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of failing to maintain law and order in the BTAD area comprising the four districts of Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang. The minority students organisations demanded his resignation.
The ABMSU and AMSU leaders also claimed that violence had erupted following a statement made by the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) leader and former minister Pramila Rani Brahma about the way minorities voted.
The local Bodo political parties accused former militant and BPF leader Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) administration of failing to maintain law and order in the state.
In July 2012, violence had erupted between the indigenous Bodo community and migrant Bangladeshis leading to the deaths of nearly 80 people.—PTI