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Strike hits normal life in Bodo belt

- Encounter staged: NDFB

Kokrajhar, Dec. 27: The 12-hour strike called by the newly formed Indo-Mongoloid Youth Front paralysed normal life in the Bodo belt today.

The strike was called to protest the killing of two NDFB members by security forces on December 19 in an alleged fake encounter.

In Kokrajhar, business establishments and banks remained shut while vehicles stayed off the road. Attendance at offices was thin.

However, no untoward incidents were reported.

The Front’s president, Miniswrang Basumatary, in a statement said the two NDFB members were brutally killed in a fake encounter in the Takampur area under Kokrajhar district’s Kachugaon police station.

He also said three Bodo youths were picked up from the venue of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) meeting held on December 18 and one of them was also shot in a fake encounter.

The National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has called the encounter fake.

NDFB’s interim general secretary B. Saoraigwra released a statement that said the two NDFB cadres — B. Gwgwm and M. Urailang — were separately picked up by “Indian security forces on December 16 and 18 in two disconnected incidents from Kokrajhar town”.

Saoraigwra said both the cadres were killed in fake encounters at Bharatnagar in Gossaingaon subdivision of Kokrajhar on the morning December 19.

The statement described the encounter as “a barbaric act and dirty way of murder. Indian security forces have violated human rights. Killing of our cadres, intimidation of innocent Bodo people and NDFB national workers will not be able to stop our struggle for the liberation of Bodoland,” it said.