Assam: 2 former NLFB militants killed, ASP injured in gun battle

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Guwahati: In a fierce exchange of fire, two surrendering National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) militants, who were allegedly involved in the robbery, were killed, and an additional superintendent in Assam’s Chirang district on Tuesday. Police were injured, police said.

In another incident, robbers shot dead a man inside his home in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) in the same district.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of former NLFB militants suspected of being involved in robberies in three villages along the Indo-Bhutan border on March 29, a police officer said on Monday night in Runikhata area The operation was launched.

The suspected robbers, who were hiding inside a house, opened fire on a police team on Tuesday morning. In retaliation, two of them, including Mahanta Narzary, a key suspect in a robbery case, were killed, while Additional Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Prakash Medhi and his bodyguard were shot.

It is suspected that two to three persons inside the house, however, managed to escape and a search operation has been launched to nab them.

Medhi, who was shot in the right arm, and his bodyguard were shifted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for treatment.

Two pistols were seized from the scene.

“Brave action of Additional SP Prakash Medhi. Despite being shot and injured, he and his team neutralized the two culprits after a fierce exchange of fire at Runikhata in Chirang this morning.” Proud, “Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) GP Singh tweeted.

At the same time, a group of suspected robbers broke into a house in Kamarpara of Dhaligaon police station area, and when residents sounded the alarm, they shot dead a family member, identified as Raja Bodo.

Police reached the spot and launched a combing operation to nab the killers.

Assam has seen an increase in police encounters since Chief Minister Himanta Biswa took office on May 10 last year, with 40 people killed and at least 91 injured in such incidents.

NLFB militants surrendered last year.

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