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Blasts prime accused killed

ULFA leader and prime accused in the city's New Year's Day serial blasts Pranjol Deka was shot dead today by police in Assam's Halikuchi village.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 01:35 IST

ULFA leader and prime accused in the city's New Year's Day serial blasts Pranjol Deka was on Thursday shot dead by police in Assam's Halikuchi village.

Deka alias Biju Sarania alias Bhambal was a hardcore member of the ULFA's 709 battalion and was killed with one of his accomplice along the border of Kamrup and Nalbari districts, police said.

Based on a tip-off, Nalbari police cordoned off the village where the 20-year-old Deka and others had taken shelter in a house.

On being challenged, the militants fired and in the ensuing shootout Deka was killed.

The identity of Deka's accomplice was not yet known.

A day after the blasts, Assam Police had released Deka's photograph as the prime accused.

Five persons were killed and over 50 others injured in three blasts at Birubari, Bhootnath and Bhangagarh areas.