In a shocking incident, five Bengali-speaking daily wage workers were killed in Bisonimukh village of Tinsukia district, Assam, allegedly by ULFA (I), last evening. At around 8 pm, six persons were picked up from their houses and were made to sit in a queue near the Dhola-Sadiya bridge and were shot one by one by miscreants. While five persons died at the spot, one person continues to remain in a serious condition.
As soon as news of killing came to the fore, speculation was on the rife that six suspected ULFA militants who were dressed in Army fatigues were responsible for the killing.
According to an eyewitness, there were five to six gunmen all dressed in battle fatigues. The assailants called out the victims and shot them on the banks of the Brahmaputra river. The village is reported to be a Bengali-dominated area, mostly comprising farmers and daily-wage workers. The victims have been identified as Shyamal Biswas (60), Ananta Biswas (18), Abhinash Biswas (23), Subal Das (60) and Dhananjay Namasudra (23).
However, today the ULFA denied its role in killings. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Independent issued a press statement on Friday morning ruling out all allegations of the organization’s involvement in the killing.
The press statement read, “We the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) would like to make it clear to all concerned authorities that our organisation does not have any involvement in the firing incident that occurred on November 1, 2018 at Sadiya Saikhowaghat in Tinsukia district.”
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the killings and said that strong action would be taken. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wondered if the attack was a reaction to the National Register of Citizensin Assam. She wrote in a tweet, “Terrible news coming out of Assam. We strongly condemn the brutal attack in Tinsukia… Is this the outcome of recent NRC development.” Meanwhile, a 12-hour bandh was called today by the All Assam Bengali Youth Student Federation’s Tinsukia branch.