Tinsukia , Nov 1 : At least five people were killed by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) terrorists near the Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Tinsukia district of Assam on Thursday evening.
The terrorists are believed to be linked to the Paresh Baruah faction, better known as ULFA-Independent.
The incident took place at a remote location called Kherbari under Dhola Police Station in the district that borders Arunachal Pradesh in eastern Assam, the police said.
The terrorists were reportedly in Army fatigues and and started firing indiscriminately at a group of people who were playing recreational games (Ludo) in front of a Dhaba on late Thursday evening.
The police suspect the hand of anti-talk action of ULFA militants behind the incident.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked state Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta and Minister of State for Power Topon Kumar Gogoi to rush to the incident site to take stock of the situation.
Sonowal also asked Assam DGP Kula Saikia and ADGP Mukesh Agarwalla to immediately visit the site to tackle the situation, said an official statement.
The Chief Minister said that perpetrators of the crime would be dealt with firmly. He also directed all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to remain alert.
He condoled the death of innocent people and conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families, the statement said.
This attack by ULFA-I comes when ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia (pro-talk faction) said that talks between the Government of India and the ULFA are likely to conclude very soon. “Talks are going on in a positive direction. We’re expecting an early resolution of our demands,” said ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia.