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Ulfa militant killed in encounter

Dhubri, April 8: A suspected Ulfa rebel, identified as Bobit Rabha alias Calendar, was killed in an encounter with the army and police at Medhikona under Dhupdhara police station of Goalpara district in the wee hours today.

The slain rebel was suspected to be behind the blast on a Tura-bound BSF convoy last week in Goalpara.

A police source the district said they had information on the movement of Ulfa cadres in the Balbala area near Medhikona and laid an ambush there last night.

“When we spotted them and asked them to lay down arms and surrender, two of the Ulfa rebels fired at them and in retaliatory fire, Bobit died,” the police source said.

An AK-47 and live ammunition were found on the dead militant.

Additional superintendent of police Sushanta Biswa Sarma said Bobit was suspected have carried out the IED blast.

“We were aware of the Ulfa design and alert and worked round the clock to foil any attempt by any militant group in Goalpara and the network which we have set, worked,” Sarma added.

An alert was sounded in the lower Assam districts, following the blast targeting the Tura-bound BSF convoy in Goalpara last week in view of Ulfa’s raising day on April 7.

Ulfa claimed responsibility for the blast soon after, alerting security forces operating in this part of Assam.

The Paresh Barua group of Ulfa, in an email, confirmed the death of Bobit Rabha alias Calendar and claimed that a jawan had also died in the encounter at Medhikona village.

A member of the group’s publicity wing, Joy Asom, said Rabha was a member of the pro-talks group of Ulfa in the Krishnai designated camp but had returned to their fold on January 23 realising the “actual meaning” of talks.