Terror has come back to haunt Assam. In yet another encounter between militants and security forces, at least six Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants, including two of its top leaders, were killed in Karbi Anglong district on Thursday night. In the incident, an Army man was injured during the early hours.
On specific information, the joint police and Army team launched an operation at the Banipathar area under Bokajan police station and around 1 am, the militants exchanged fire with the security forces inside a forest, Superintendent of Police Debojit Deuri told PTI.
Six KPLT were neutralised in the encounter, while an Army man was injured, the SP said.
Two top leaders of the underground outfit were suspected to have been killed in the encounter, the SP said, adding that the identification process was on. The injured Army man was taken to hospital, he said.
One SLR rifle, one Insas rifle, three pistols and two grenades were recovered from the slain ultras, he said.
KPLT, formed in 2010-11 by a breakaway faction of the Karbi National Liberation Front after the KLNF declared ceasefire, is active in the remote areas of Bokajan.
Terror has come back to haunt Assam in recent times. Earlier it may noted that 14 civilians were killed after terrorists opened fire at a weekly market at Balajan Tinali in the heart of Assam’s Kokrajhar. Security forces in the area have killed one of the terrorists. Fifteen civilians have been reported injured in the incident.
An AK-47 has been recovered from the terrorist who was killed after an intense gun battle that lasted about 20 minutes. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot, even as other terrorists are being pursued by security forces. Apart from opening fire on the market, the terrorists also lobbed a grenade that ravaged three shops. The rising terror attacks and encounters with security forces are a big test for the BJP-led government of Sarbananda Sonowal.