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Jawan injured in attack

Kokrajhar, Aug. 29: An army jawan was injured when suspected NDFB (Songbijit) rebels attacked an army camp at Panbari in Chirang district late last night.

Sources in the army said the militants first lobbed grenades around midnight at the 18 Mahar regiment camp and opened fire before fleeing, taking advantage of the dark.

A jawan, identified as Ashok Barde, was wounded in the attack. He was first brought to a hospital at Dhaligaon in Chirang and later shifted to the army hospital at Basista in Guwahati. It is not known if the jawan sustained bullet or splinter (grenade) injury.

This is second such attack on security personnel by suspected NDFB (S) rebels this month. On August 22, the rebel group attacked the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) camp situated at Ultapani, bordering Bhutan, in Kokrajhar district.

The attack came right after the killing of five NDFB (S) members in an encounter with security forces at Dwimuguri in the Laimuti area under Runikhata police station in Chirang district. The attacks are said to be in retaliation to the deaths of the cadres.

The rebel outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A search operation was carried out in the area after the incident.

Dharna: Various social and civil organisations in Chirang, including the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Tribal Sangha, All Bodo Women Welfare Federation, today staged a two-hour sit-in in front of deputy commissioner’s office at Kajalgaon in Chirang district against the killing of school student Priya Basumatary by rebels of the NDFB (S) faction on August 20.

The protest was held from 11am to 1pm. A memorandum was submitted to the Union home minister and the chief minister through the deputy commissioner’s office demanding a CBI inquiry to find out the truth leading to Priya’s death.

The organisations, through the memorandum, expressed deep resentment on the inefficiency of the administration to protect the life of Priya Basumatary.

“The administration and the police have also neglected the zone, which is a hub of activities like extortion, kidnappings and killings,” a protester said.

The organisations also demanded speeding up of the present ongoing peace dialogue between the Centre and the NDFB (Ranjan Daimary) for permanent solution to the problem.