Two ULFA Militants Killed in Assam

Two ULFA militants were killed by security forces in Assam on Thursday as the day-long bandh called by the militant outfit in protest against operation against it affected the normal life in the state.

A hardcore militant of the ULFA was tracked down by the police at Rani village in Kamrup (rural) district in the outskirts of the city in the early hours. The police shot dead the militant when he tried to escape in a motorcycle. A pistol and a hand grenade were recovered from him.

In another operation, the Army and police shot dead a NDFB ultra Rajesh Basumatary in Kokrajhar district.

Basumatary, who had recently returned from Bangladesh after receiving training was involved in an extortion racket in the district, police said. A 9.62 pistol, six rounds of ammunition were recovered from the ultra.

Meanwhile, normal life was hit in the state due to the bandh called by ULFA. Shops, business establishments, banks, financial and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was thin on the national highways,

The ULFA called the bandh to protest against heightened operation by security forces against it and other militant outfits in what it termed as fake encounters.

Nearly 30 ultras, including six of ULFA and 24 others belonging to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) have been killed in the last one month in the state.

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