Stepping up their violence against migrants, ULFA militants shot dead 26 people and injured five others in three separate attacks in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, a day after gunning down 17 people in the same areas of Assam.
In another incident, a militant group patronised by the ULFA set off a bomb on the tracks damaging the air-conditioning unit and the water tank of a three tier coach of the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express from New Delhi. There was no casualty in the explosion.
Heavily armed ULFA militants descended on the Ghuramora village in Tinsukia district in the wee hours on Saturday and shot dead 16 milkmen, mostly from Bihar. Another four were killed and five injured at Charaipung forest village in the district.
Six other milkmen were gunned down in neighbouring Dibrugarh district, official sources said.
The area in Dibrugarh, where the mask-wearing ULFA cadre struck, has a population of over 4000 non-Assamese milkmen who supply milk to hotels in Dibrugarh town, the sources said.
The Assam government sounded a statewide red alert after the massacre.
Militants of the outfit on Friday gunned down 17 people and injured 11 in a series of attacks in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.
The victims were mostly brick kiln workers and Hindi- speaking persons. A group patronised by the ULFA triggered a blast on the tracks on a concrete bridge over Dharani river in Karbi Anglong district of central Assam seconds after the Rajdhani Express had passed, North-east Frontier Railway sources said. There was no casualty in the blast, they said.
The blast occurred between Diphu and Doldolni in the Lumding division of NF Railway at 12.50 am. About 1.5 metre of the track was damaged.
The driver brought the train to a halt after feeling a jerk subsequent to the blast.
The AC undergear (machine) and the water tank of a three-tier AC coach were damaged, the sources said.
The train later continued its journey. Other trains were stopped at Dimapur, Diphu, Lumding and other stations, the sources said. Police rushed to the spot and repair of the tracks began at 4:00 am after security clearance.
A note found on the tracks claimed that the bomb was triggered by the Karbi Longri Northcachar Liberation Front (KLNLF) active in the two hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills.
Police said the explosion could have been part of a 'training exercise' given to the militants by the ULFA.