National Investigative Agency (NIA) has arrested two United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) militants in connection with the killing of five villagers of Bichanimukh Kherbari village at Dhola Sadiya in Tinsukia district on November 1 last year.
The two ULFA (I) militants have been identified as Bubal Moran alias Tiger Asom, aged 26 years, a resident of Dirak Sunjan village under Bordumsa police station in Tinsukia district and Binanda Dahotiya alias Swadesh aged 24 years, a resident of Mohong Gon village under Bordumsa police station in Tinsukia district.
Both the accused were produced before the Special NIA court, in Guwahati today and remanded to NIA custody for 12 days.
A case (No RC-09/2018/NIA/GUW) was registered against six unknown armed miscreants, suspected to be members of proscribed organization United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), for the killing of five villagers of Bichanimukh Kherbari village in Tinsukia district of Assam on November1 last year.
Five persons were killed and one injured when armed militants suspected to be belonging to the banned ULFA(I) carried out a massacre of innocent people at Kherbari at Saikhowaghat in Dhola in easternmost Assam on November 1 night triggering widespread condemnation in the state.
The slain persons were identified as Subal Das, Shyamol Biswas, Abinash Biswas, Dhananjoy Namasudra and Ananta Biswas.
The incident took place when some people were sitting at a local grocery shop in the evening. A group of armed men in olive green fatigue arrived at the spot and asked them to come near the river bank. Eyewitnesses said the armed men asked them to line up and then opened fire at them from a close range.
Following the mayhem, police had detained two pro-talk ULFA leaders Mrinal Hazarika and Jiten Dutta for interrogation.
The massacre sparked off widespread protests and the All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation called dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by across the Tinsukia district.
Anti-talk ULFA (I) denied its involvement in the Kherbari mayhem.
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