Five Bengali-speaking daily-wage workers were recently killed in Bisonimukh village of Tinsukia district, Assam. One witness mention to a local television channel that “there were five to six gunmen who called out the victims and then killed them on the bank of Brahmaputra river“. There were speculations that these gunmen were from the ULFA organization which is basically a separatist outfit from Assam.
Now ULFA has released a statement denying its involvement in the assassination. Here’s what they said, “We, the United Liberation Front of Asam (Independent) would like to make it clear that our organization does not have any involvement in the firing incident that occurred on 1st November 2018 at Sadiya Saikhowaghat in Tinsukia district.”
ULFA is a revolutionary organization engaged in a liberation struggle to fight against the state terrorism and economic exploitation and is striving for the establishment of a sovereign, independent Assam for the indigenous people of Assam. The village is reported to be a Bengali dominated area where the residents been mostly daily-wages workers and farmers. Special DGP of Assam said that he suspected the involvement of ULFA and other combined militant group.
Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief minister of Assam condemned the assassination of the laborers and said that strict action should be taken against those who are guilty. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal wondered if this was a result of the National Registration of Citizens in Assam. She stated 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.”
A month ago, a low-intensity blast was carried out at Sukleswar Ghat area of Guwahati which killed three people. Paresh Barua, the commander-in-chief of the ULFA (I) had claimed the responsibility of this attack and that the people should take it as a warning who are conspiring against Assam. Meanwhile, a 12-hour ‘bandh’ (protest) was called by the All Assam Bengali Youth Student Federation’s from Tinsukia branch in protest of these attacks.
ULFA (I) Denies Involvement in the homicide of Bengali-speaking workers
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