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6 more non-Assamese killed

Karbi Longri Northcachar Liberation Front (KLNLF) militants shot dead six persons in Karbi Anglong Hill district since Saturday night.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2007 01:35 IST

In continuing attacks on Hindi-speaking people in Assam, Karbi Longri Northcachar Liberation Front (KLNLF) militants shot dead six persons in Karbi Anglong Hill district since Saturday night.

Anurag Tangkha, SP, Karbi Anglong Hill, said at around 9.30 pm on Saturday, 12 heavily-armed militants forcefully took away four persons of two families, including a woman, from Rong Bong Basti and upper Dehori villages. "They were taken to an isolated place and shot dead. The injured have been taken to the Numaligarh Refinery Hospital in Golaghat district," the SP added.

On Sunday at 8 pm, the KLNLF militants killed two more non-Assamese people and injured three at Parokhowa in the Karbi Anglong Hill district.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday condemned the killings by ULFA and the KLNLF militants in the district, a PMO spokesperson said.

This is the third attack on Hindi-speaking people in the district by KLNLF militants. With these killings, the toll in the violence since Thursday has climbed to 29 in the district. Meanwhile, the district administration has begun the process of shifting Hindi-speaking people to safer locations.

ULFA trained KLNLF

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) is often referred to as the mother of all militant outfits in the Northeast. But "sister" outfit ULFA was the first to discover the impact targeting Hindi-speaking people has on New Delhi. In fact, as a former Assam police chief had pointed out, killing "mainland migrants" serves a dual purpose — draw the attention of "occupational India" by eliminating her Hindi-speaking representatives in the region.

The scene of violence in Assam over the past week has shifted from the Brahmaputra Valley — the ULFA's domain — to Karbi Anglong, which, along with adjoining North Cachar Hills, is arguably the most troubled hilly terrain in the Northeast. The ULFA, though, has been partially blamed for the latest carnage against Hindi-speaking migrants.

According to DIG (central range) LR Bishnoi, the ULFA helped the lesser-known KLNLF kill 29 Hindi-speaking people in four days. This was, however, not the first time that Hindi-speaking migrants were targeted on Assam's hills. The KLNLF is a breakaway group of the United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), which was formed in March 1999 to pursue the agenda of a "self-rule territory" for the Karbi tribal people.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Aug 12, 2007 22:00 IST