Assam: DNLA militants kill two villagers in Langting, injure four others

It may be recalled that on November 14, DNLA commander-in-chief along with 46 cadres laid down their arms in Dima Hasao district.



The peace process with Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) was disrupted following two incidents in which two villagers, and a surrendered DNLA cadre were abducted from Langting on December 6 by the extremist group, and were later on killed by the DNLA insurgents at their designated camp in Maibang sub-division of Dima Hasao district.

The abduction and killing comes after 46 DNLA cadres laid down their arms in the month of November this year, and were kept at Langting.

The slain DNLA activist has been identified as Apraj Langthasa, while the deceased villagers are Ramen Hagjer and  Amar Goswami.

Nine other persons were also injured in the incident, they are Avinash Thaosen, Mondesh Langthasa, Romesh Hagjer, Raju Ardao, Nairingdao Bathari, Jamunasingh Hasnu, Joyprojit Nunisa and Depolal Dibragede. They are all undergoing treatment at the Haflong Civil Hospital.

According to the report, a group of DNLA cadres, who picked up the persons, thrashed them mercilessly inside the camp. Two of them were confined inside a bathroom where they succumbed to injuries.

Later on, the villagers informed the police about the same, who thereby arrived at the designated camp and recovered the two bodies from a bathroom, and also four injured persons from the camp.

The bodies have been sent for postmortem while the injured have been shifted to Haflong Civil Hospital.

In further search, the police recovered five more injured persons from the designated camp.

These five persons were identified as DNLA cadres, who have been thrashed by their seniors as they tried to flee from the designated camp. sources said.

One of the five injured DNLA cadres who were admitted in Haflong Civil Hospital succumbed to his injuries on December 7.

The reasons for the abduction are yet to be ascertained. However, sources here informed that they went to the village in search of thieves who stole some items from the construction site of the highway being constructed by LT Construction Ltd.

Meanwhile, Dima Hasao superintendent of police, Jayant Singh said, “Five DNLA members have been taken into custody in connection with the incident, and things will be clear only after interrogation.”

It may be recalled that on November 14, 2021, DNLA commander-in-chief along with 46 cadres laid down their arms in Dima Hasao district.

In an arms laying ceremony held at Khepre area, 95-km from Dima Hasao district, the militants led by commander-in-chief Mushrang laid down their arms in the presence of ADGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath, and other senior police officials and Chief Executive Member of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Debolal Garlosa.

The DNLA militants had also deposited a huge cache of arms including AK series rifles and ammunition.

Since the surrender, the extremists have been lodged in a designated camp at Langtin, sources added.

The DNLA operating in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong, was formed in 2019. The group claimed that it is committed to revamping the national struggle and fight for the liberation of a sovereign and independent Dimasa Nation. 

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