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Nine militants killed in Assam

Sushanta Talukdar

DHD denies hand in killing, says slain militants were UPDS cadres


  • DIG says slain men were wearing battle fatigue
  • No information of any of its cadres being killed: UPDS
  • Gogoi says affected villagers blame CPI-ML `Red Army,' DHD faction for violence

    Guwahati: A day after the Ministry of Home Affairs asked both the militant outfits — United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) to strictly adhere to the ground rules of ceasefire, police on Friday recovered bodies of nine militants from a Dimasa village in central Assam's Karbi Anglong hill district.

    Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Central Range) L.R. Bisnoi told The Hindu over phone that nine bodies of militants wearing battle fatigue were recovered on Friday morning from Khejurban village, about 15 km off Diphu police station. He, however said that police were yet to ascertain the identity of the slain militants.

    DHD publicity secretary Daorajaclaimed that the slain militants were the UPDS cadres and that they were killed by the Diamasa villagers in self-defence. He denied DHD's involvement in the killing.

    UPDS publicity secretary Tung-eh Nonlgoda said that he had not been informed by any "commanders" of any of their cadres being killed. "We have instructed our men to go to the Diphu police station to ascertain if they were our cadres," he added. The UPDS leader said that the outfit's cadres were out in different parts of the district to defend Karbi villagers from the "attacks of DHD."

    Barring the recovery of the bodies of the slain militants, there were no reports of violence from any part of the district during relaxation of curfew for 12 hours from 6 a.m. on Friday, Mr. Bisnoi said.

    Assam chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters that affected villagers alleged that the `Red Army' of the CPI-ML and the Black Widow, the anti-talk faction of the DHD could be behind the ongoing violence.

    On Thursday, MHA joint secretary Rajiv Agarwal told both the outfits in separate meeting of the Joint Monitoring Groups held at Dsipur to strictly adhere to the ceasefire agreement. The UPDS entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Centre in 2002 and the DHD in 2003.

    JMG meet

    The UPDS publicity secretary said the JMG meeting could not arrive at any decision over the outfit's demand for shifting of the DHD designated camp from Karbi Anglong. The DHD publicity secretary Daoraja, on the other hand, said the issue of shifting the designated camp did not come up for discussion.

    However, both the militant outfits denied violating ground rules of the ceasefire.

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