| The two jawans hurt in the attack being shifted to hospital from Mazbat on Tuesday. Picture by Pranab Kumar Das |
Tezpur, March 25: Two security personnel were injured in an encounter with militants of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit faction) near Bombay Centre at Mazbat in Udalguri district of Assam early this morning.
Police said Sindhe Prasad of CRPF Cobra and Joyanta Roy of Assam police were hit by militant bullets while returning from a joint patrol of the area.
Roy was injured in the chest while Prasad was injured near his waist and leg. They were taken to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital after preliminary treatment at Mangaldoi civil hospital.
Mazbat is about 100km from here and 80km from Mangaldoi.
The encounter took place about 15km from Mazbat police station.
Additional director-general of police (law and order) A.P. Rout told The Telegraph over phone, “The militants attacked a team of Assam police and CRPF Cobra who were conducting an operation in the area.
Police recovered four grenades, one carbine AK-series magazine, 80 rounds of live ammunition, five mobile handsets and some documents from the spot.”
Confirming the role of the NDFB (S), inspector-general of police (law and order) S.N. Singh said the Assam Rifles and Dogra Regiment had launched a massive operation in the area.
The anti-talks NDFB (S) had on March 13 announced the launch of “Operation Urailang” against politicians and security personnel in Assam for not disclosing the whereabouts of the outfit’s leaders who went missing during Operation All Clear launched in Bhutan in 2003.
It had subsequently announced that a team of 35 guerrillas of the Erakdao brigade of the Boroland army of the NDFB had been sent to launch the second phase of Urailang to create havoc during the general elections in the state.
In a release issued today, the outfit said the attack by the Erakdao brigade was the first in the second phase of Urailang, which would continue till April 7 midnight.
The release signed by the in-charge, education wing (interim committee), B.R. Ferenga, appealed to the people not to undertake journeys during the period.
The Erakdao brigade is named after NDFB publicity secretary B. Erakdao who went missing during Operation All Clear.