In a deadly series of attacks on innocent bus passengers, outlawed NDFB ( National Democratic Front of Bodoland) anti-talk faction had killed at least 18 people and injuring five more in Sonitpur and Baksa districts of Assam, as per recent reports. Many of those killed are said to be Hindi Speaking people.
According to police sources, heavily armed militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) fired at a bus near Boimari village in Sonitpur district, about 250 km north of Assam’s main city of Guwahati. The bus belonged to Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Corporation and it was traveling from Tezpur to Seijusa They lined up the passengers and took away the Hindi-speaking people to the forest and shot them.
The militants then targeted the Belsiri railway station under Dhekiajuli police station in the same district of Sonitpur where the NDFB ultras gunned down five Hindi-speaking people as they were getting down from a train, police said.
The five, including a woman, were killed on the spot, the sources said. The victims were travelling in a local train from Guwahati to Rangapara in the district. Then at Hugrajuli in the Dhekiajuli police station area, a woman was shot dead. The militants injured two more at Batasipur in the same police station area.
In their fifth strike, the militants killed one more person identified as Mohan Das at Kekerichuchi in Bodo- dominated Baksa district and injured two more.
Most of the victims were Arunachal government employees returning home after the Diwali holidays, official sources said. Eyewitnesses in the Boimara firing said they heard the militants saying that if one more of their cadres or another Bodo was killed, they would kill 20, apparently referring to yesterday’s incident in which one NDFB rebel was killed in an encounter with police at Laldenga near Belsiri.
On first November 2010,, NDFB had warned the Centre and the state governments of retaliation if any of its cadres was killed ‘in fake encounters’.
Self-styled NDFB lieutenant B Jwngkhang in an e-mail sometime back had accused the state and central governments of staging ‘fake encounters’ putting the blame on the NDFB and alleged that innocent school students, farmers and simple living Bodo people were killed.
This kind of act of terror must be condemned by all. NDFB should not forget that this kind of cowardice act will not help their cause ( if they have any), rather it would bring more hardships for common Bodo people.
News Source : Times of India and other online sources.