Kokrajhar, Aug. 22: Militants of the NDFB (Songbijit faction) attacked a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) camp situated at Ultapani, bordering Bhutan, in Kokrajhar district around 12 last night.
Confirming the news, commandant of the 16Bn SSB Shiv Om said, “The militants fired indiscriminately with sophisticated weapons targeting the camp. Our jawans retaliated and there was heavy exchange of fire.”
“The firing continued for over an hour periodically from three sides. There was, however, no damage or casualty,” he added.
The area where the incident took place is about 50km from Kokrajhar and 20km from the Bhutan border, along the Ripu-Chirang reserve forest.
The attack came close to the killing of five NDFB (S) members in an encounter with the security forces at Dwimuguri in the Laimuti area under Runikhata police station in Chirang district on Wednesday.
This is third attack by the militants group on SSB.
In 2011 April, two SSB jawans were killed and another two injured when unidentified gunmen, suspected to be from the NDFB, attacked them between the Lalbita and Pepsu areas bordering Bhutan in Kokrajhar district.
In July 2010, four of its jawans were killed and two injured in an ambush by a suspected tribal militant group at Amlaiguri village in Chirang district.
In 2011 March, eight BSF jawans were killed and eight others were injured, when suspected anti-talks NDFB militants attacked the security team at Ultapani reserve forest. Operations against the militant groups continued in the border areas.
In another development, an NDFB (S) cadre, identified as Ranjan Brahma, 25, was killed in an encounter with security forces at Mainaguri under Kachugaon police station in Kokrajhar district today morning. One 7.65 pistol, two live rounds of ammunition and a magazine were recovered from the militant, police sources said.
The 24-hour Assam strike called by the NDFB (S) faction beginning at 5am today paralysed life in Kokrajhar as well as in Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.
The strike was called against the killing of five of its cadres on Wednesday.
Education institutions, offices, markets and commercial establishments remain closed during the strike.
There was no report of any untoward incident.