Monday, August 8th, 2016

Probe on to identify Kokhrajhar attackers: Rajnath Singh

Narada Desk | August 8, 2016 2:37 pm Print
Singh reiterated that militants came in army uniform and attacked the marketplace
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh

After condoling the death of 14 people in Kokhrajhar attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said investigations are on to identify the militants responsible for killing 14 innocent persons in the crowded marketplace at Kokrajhar town of Assam.

Making a suo motu statement  in Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said, “One AK-47, two magazines and other explosives have been recovered from the extremists. The identity of the extremist organisation is yet to be known”.

Singh reiterated that militants came in army uniform and attacked the marketplace.

“At least 14 people were killed, including eight Bodo people, a woman and a boy. Nineteen other people were seriously injured. The local police and security forces acted tough against the extremists and killed one of them, whose identity is yet to be ascertained,” Rajnath Singh said.

He also offered condolences to the bereaved families.

The Home Minister said he has asked the state government to find out the details of the extremist group and act tough against them.

Earlier, the Lok Sabha condoled the deaths in Kokrajhar militant attack.

As soon as the house assembled for the day to resume its session after the weekend break, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out a brief statement describing the actions of the terrorists in Kokrajhar as an act of “cowardice”.

The members stood in silence for a while as a mark of respect for the deceased.

In the worst terror attack in the northeastern state of Assam since 2014, gunmen in military fatigues opened fire on Friday at a crowded marketplace in Kokrajhar town, killing 14 civilians.

One of the attackers was also killed after an army patrol party fired back.

Authorities in the state have blamed the anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) led by I.K. Songbijit, who carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, for the massacre.