Assault ambush in Assam: Police combing operation continues
Kokrajhar (Assam): A day after militants attacked a police team near the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Kokrajhar district in which two alleged cattle smugglers from Uttar Pradesh were killed, state police on Wednesday He said that a combing operation has been launched. Ultras
He assured progress in the ambush within a week, although the identity of the organization behind it remains. A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told PTI that the entire Jamduar area, where the ambush took place, was being searched.
“This is a very remote area with West Bengal on one side and Bhutan on the other. We are looking for the militants who carried out the attack; we are confident of a breakthrough within a week,” he said. And we’ll get to that later.
Asked which organization was behind the ambush, the police official said, “It could be the hand of former militants who are trying to regroup. We are looking at it from all angles. ”
The attack took place at around 1.30am on Tuesday when police were escorting two alleged cattle smugglers to the Jamduar area to identify smuggling routes along the Sankosh River. The police vehicle carrying the two was shot dead by militants and its occupants fled for cover.
Two alleged cattle smugglers were trapped inside the vehicle and shot dead by militants. They were later identified as Akbar Banjara and Salman Banjara, both from Uttar Pradesh, who were arrested from Meerut on charges of alleged involvement in cattle smuggling.