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Rs 2-lakh relief for victims

- Four from Bihar killed in Shillong-bound bus

Patna, Jan. 18: The Bihar government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of each of the victims gunned down by the NDFB (National Democratic Front of Bodoland) militants in Kokrajhar district of Assam last night.

Principal secretary, home, Amir Subhani told The Telegraph that the labour department would pay Rs 1 lakh, while an equal sum would be paid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The government has sounded a security alert on all Northeast-bound trains running from the state to prevent any kind of possible retaliation.

The militants dragged out five men, including four from Saran and Siwan districts, out of a Shillong-bound bus in Kokrajhar last night and shot them dead. Three persons were reportedly injured in the incident. “The state would also bear the expenses incurred for their cremation in their respective home districts. Their bodies are expected to reach the state tomorrow. Instructions have been issued to the RPF for providing additional security on trains bound for northeastern states from Bihar to prevent any kind of retaliatory incident,” said a senior officer.

The deceased, all labourers, have been identified as Pappu Singh, Shamsher and brothers Ahot and Raj Bihari.

“The decisions have been taken on the directions of the chief minister. On the state government’s initiative, the Assam government also announced a compensation of Rs 6 lakh for the families of each of the deceased. Of this amount, Rs 3 lakh would be paid out of Assam funds and the rest out of central funds. We have requested the Assam government to send the bodies as soon as possible. The senior police officers have also spoken to their counterparts in Assam over the issue,” said Subhani.

Assam police have picked up eight persons and launched a massive manhunt for the militants.

Ramananda Ojha, 35, resident of Ojhakabareya in Bihar’s Siwan district, received bullet injuries in his head and right leg. Karmakar, 38, resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal, received injury in his chest and left shoulder. Ojha said he was going to Biswanath Chariali, where he is a priest, by a Shillong-bound night superbus from Siliguri when a group of 10 to 12 armed militants in army fatigues stopped the bus he was travelling in as well as another bus.

“They asked some of us to get out of the bus and stand in a queue before firing indiscriminately,” said Anmol Gupta, a 17-year-old Class XI student of Shillong who hails from Darshan Nagar in Chapra. “I fell down and rolled in a gorge,” said Gupta, who is undergoing treatment at Lower Assam Hospital and Research Centre in Bongaigaon.


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