Five killed; trucks set ablaze by suspected DNLA militants in Assam's Dima Hasao
According to Dima Hasao Superintendent of Police Jayant Singh, five charred bodies have been
recovered from the burnt trucks so far. Others have been rushed to hospitals with serious injuries.
Suspected militants of the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) allegedly killed five truck drivers and set ablaze the trucks at Diyumbra area in Assam's Dima Hasao district on Thursday evening.
The incident was reported at around 8.30 pm last night, but the police confirmed it this morning.
The deceased have been identified as Gour Mazumder (42), Dilwar Hussain (24), Azgar Ali (37), Sikandar Ali (32) and Dharmendra Kumar Prasad(35).
Sources said the suspected militants first sprayed bullets on the trucks carrying coal and clinkers for a private cement company at Umrangso.
According to Dima Hasao Superintendent of Police Jayant Singh, five charred bodies have been recovered from the burnt trucks so far. Others have been rushed to hospitals with serious injuries.
"We suspect DNLA militants to be behind the attack. The reason behind the attack is not yet known. We have started the investigation and a joint combing operation has started to nab the culprits," Singh said.
Eyewitnesses said armed militants first opened fire on the trucks and later set them on fire before fleeing from the area.
In May this year, security forces killed seven members of DNLA and stepped up operations against the group, which reportedly was carrying out extortion and abduction in Dima Hasao.
Sources said extortion has been on the rise in Dima Hasao and most of the businessmen were served with extortion notes.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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