5 abducted jawans killed in Assam
One soldier was beheaded while the rest were blindfolded and their hands tied from behind. They were deployed to guard the unfenced border with Bhutan.india Updated: May 30, 2006 23:05 IST
Five paramilitary troopers have been killed by unidentified gunmen after they were abducted last week, police on Tuesday said.
The bodies of the five paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were recovered on Monday from a densely forested area in the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.
"A group of woodcutters spotted the dead bodies and it was later confirmed they were the five SSB personnel who were kidnapped earlier in the week," George Basumatary, a senior Assam government official, said.
Police said the captors beheaded one of the soldiers, while the others were blindfolded and their hands tied from behind.
"The captors used gunshots and crude implements to kill them," a police official said.
Six people, including the five SSB troopers, were abducted by a group of unidentified gunmen May 21 from village Moradanshiri in northern Assam's Udalguri district, bordering Bhutan.
"The dead body of the lone civilian who was kidnapped along with the SSB soldiers was recovered from a nearby village the following morning," a police official said.
The SSB soldiers were deployed in Assam to guard the unfenced border with Bhutan to prevent movement of separatists.
"The five soldiers were off duty and were sitting at the house of a local villager when they were abducted," the official said.
"There was no ransom demand and we see no reason why they were abducted and then killed in a brutal manner," senior SSB official K Lal said.
No rebel group has claimed responsibility for the killing and police are at a loss to pinpoint reasons for the incident.
The only rebel group active in the area from where the soldiers were kidnapped is the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).