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Migrant killer falls to army bullets

Dibrugarh, June 11: Security forces today identified one of the three militants killed in last night’s encounter at Borbam village in Dibrugarh district as Madhurjya Gohain — a key member of the “Charlie” company of Ulfa’s 28 battalion.

Gohain was alleged to be one of the chief masterminds behind the massacre of Hindi-speaking people in the state. He was also involved in an IED blast on a police vehicle in Tengakhat a few years ago in which four policemen and a civilian driver were killed.

The two others have been identified as Baba Dadhara and Krishnamoni Gogoi. All the three were “listed” members of the outfit.

The trio were killed during a nightlong operation by the army that began last evening and lasted till the early hours of today.

The commanding officer of the Dibrugarh based 11 Guards Regiment — which carried out the operation — Col D.K. Singh said the “movement of the group were tracked for quite some days after which the operation was launched”.

“We had an information that the group had taken shelter in a house attached to the playground. Accordingly, troops were mobilised from various directions with pace which took the militants by surprise.”

Villagers said the militants were playing football in the village playground when the army team arrived and surrounded the village.

“The elimination of the trio is a huge blow to Ulfa and we can in one way say that the outfit’s strength in Dibrugarh district had further gone down after the incident,” an army official said.

The army seized three AK-56 rifles, five magazines, 410 rounds of AK-56 ammunition, magazine pouches, five detonators, three mobile handsets, mobile re-charge vouchers, extortion notes, personal diaries and a tele-diary from the encounter spot.

While Gohain was a resident of Borbam, Krishnamoni and Baba hailed from Rajgarh and Kutuha in Dibrugarh district. The bodies of the three militants were handed over to the police for post-mortem.

On Monday, security forces had gunned down the commander of Ulfa’s 709 battalion in Baksa district.

Six listed Ulfa rebels have been eliminated by the army during the past couple of days in three separate incidents in Assam.

Earlier, the army had killed another listed Ulfa member at Tezigaon and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the encounter site.

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