4 Maoists gunned down in encounter with Assam cops
Four Maoist guerrillas were killed in a shootout with security forces in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district on Wednesday. A police constable was injured in the incident, while three rebels managed to escape, the police said.india Updated: May 09, 2012 23:10 IST
Four Maoist guerrillas were killed in a shootout with security forces in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district on Wednesday. A police constable was injured in the incident, while three rebels managed to escape, the police said.
The operation - the first major encounter between the rebels and security forces in the state - took place at Deopani Borgora village, around 600 km from here, following information that some Maoists had taken shelter in the village.
"When our men headed towards a house where they were hiding, the Maoists opened fire. In the retaliatory firing, four ultras were killed," said PP Singh, district SP.
According to intelligence sources, the rebels had recently formed their armed wing at Sadiya region in Upper Assam, considered the Maoists' hub. Besides Tinsukia, they have expanded their activities to Dibrugarh, Laximpur, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong districts, sources said.
They are now working along the Assam-Arunachal border to form an armed wing in Lower Assam too, the police said.
"One of the slain Maoists, Sidhartha Buragohain, was the regional commander," Singh said.
Three AK-47 rifles, three Chinese hand grenades, three magazines and 250 rounds of live ammunitions were recovered from the slain Maoists. The police also recovered five mobile sets and vital documents.
CM Tarun Gogoi had recently announced several developmental schemes in border areas to stop the Maoists from making inroads in backward areas.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: May 09, 2012 23:05 IST