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FCI chief may have been killed, say cops

Police find the bullet-riddled body of an elderly person with physical similarities to Ram in a house used by the ULFA.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2007 05:33 PM IST

A man who could be the kidnapped FCI Executive Director PC Ram was killed in the wee hours on alongwith two ULFA militants during a gunbattle with police in Assam's Kamrup district, a senior police official said.

Acting on specific information that some ULFA militants had taken shelter in the house of one Gobind Deka in
Borkapanitenga village, police launched an operation in the area on Wednesday night, Assam Police DIG (Central Western region) GP Singh said in Guwahati.

Around 9 pm, police surrounded the house and asked the militants holed up inside to surrender. The ULFA cadres however fired on the policemen who retaliated.

Singh said there was heavy exchange of fire, which lasted for more than three hours and the police entered the house around 12:30 am. They found two of the militants dead and the bullet-riddled body of an elderly person with physical similarities to Ram, under a bed.

"The physical description of the third person was similar to that of Ram, but it is very dificult for me to confirm or even to deny outright whether it was or wasn't him. We have requested his family members to confirm the identify of the body," Singh said.

The police also recovered two AK-56 rifles, one pistol, a grenade, an IED and huge amount of ammunitions.

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