In a tragic development, a son of Assam, Bipul Borah, was martyred in an encounter with Naxals in Chattisgarh on Thursday. Borah was an Assistant Sub-Inspector belonging to the 114th battalion of the Border Security Forces (BSF).
Borah belonged to Dhanekhowa in Assam’s Sibsagar district and had joined the BSF twenty years ago. A pall of gloom has descended in the village of Dhanekhowa at the loss of the brave jawan. Assam had lost another brave jawan, head constable Moneswar Basumatary of the CRPF, during the dastardly terror attack in Kashmir's Pulwama on 14 February.
Three constables, Silam Ramkrishna from Andhra Pradesh, Ishrar Khan from Jharkhand and Tumeshwar from Dongargaon in Chhattisgarh were also martyred during crossfire with the Naxals, while BSF’s Assistant Commandant Gopu Kumar and Inspector Gopal Rang sustained injuries.
According to BSF officials, an encounter had broken out when a patrolling team, consisting of a joint team of the 114th battalion was fired upon by Naxals in a forest near Mahla village while on an ‘area domination’ operation.
It may be mentioned that the Naxals have given a call to boycott the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
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