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Engineer murder accused arrested

Nagaon, Dec. 11: Dima Hasao police today arrested Action Dimasa, the prime accused in the recent killing of an engineer in Haflong town.

The police said Action was arrested from an interior Dimasa-dominated village under Mahur police station, 55km from the hill district headquarters of Haflong, based on specific information.

A .22 pistol, 10 live rounds of ammunition and some extortion letters were recovered from the possession of the militant.

The senior rebel, who joined militancy a decade back as a cadre of the DHD, floated DHD (A) with support of the NSCN (I-M) a couple of months back and launched a massive extortion drive all through Dima Hasao.

This is for the third time the rebel leader was caught by the police.

He was first arrested in 2007 and got bail after six months. He was rearrested in 2011 from Dima Hasao but escaped from Haflong jail on June 12 this year.

Dima Hasao irrigation department executive engineer (in-charge) Rajib Kumar Pathak was gunned down by DHD (A) rebels inside his office on November 22. Immediately after the killing, Action Dimasa claimed his involvement and clarified that refusal to “pay as demanded” is the reason behind the killing of Pathak.

“It is a very big development. We will take him in custody for interrogation,” said Dima Hasao superintendent of police B. Rajkhowa.

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