Cop dies in encounter

A police official and an Ulfa (Independent) militant died in a gun battle at Kujupathar under Bordumsa police station in the Upper Assam district here on Friday.

By Rishu Kalantri in Tinsukia
  • Published 5.05.18
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Tinsukia: A police official and an Ulfa (Independent) militant died in a gun battle at Kujupathar under Bordumsa police station in the Upper Assam district here on Friday.

"Based on inputs about the presence of six Ulfa (I) cadres, led by Jaan Asom, a joint team of police and the army launched an operation. Heavy exchange of fire took place on the fringes of the jungle at Taalpathar. It was followed by a couple of grenade blasts," a source said.

The officer-in-charge of Bordumsa, Bhaskar Kalita, died in the gun battle. He was 34. He leaves behind a wife and 3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. Kalita was a resident of Guwahati. He had joined Bordumsa police station as the officer-in-charge early this year.

His post-mortem will be conducted at Tinsukia civil hospital on Saturday morning. #His body bore five bullet injury marks.

A sub-inspector told The Telegraph that policemen and soldiers had to provide cover fire to retrieve Kalita's body.

Mukul Khan Chowdhury, a neighbour of the Kalitas in Guwahati, said, "Everyone here is in shock, not able to speak a word since the news broke."

Sources said Jaan Asom, also died of his injuries. Reports of another Ulfa (I) cadre having died in the encounter is doing the rounds.

However, there is no official confirmation on the development.

Sources also said another policeman could be injured but there was no official confirmation.

Kujupathar, around 5km southwest of Bordumsa, is close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Militants enter Assam through Arunachal and run back to Arunachal during operations and at times also move towards the Ulfa (I) camps in Myanmar. Of the several routes they use, one is through Namdapha tiger reserve.#