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Five Bengalis shot dead in Assam

International Desk Daily-Bangladesh.com

Five Bengalis shot dead by terrorists at Tinsukia in the Assam state of India. This happened on Thursday night at the bank of the Brahmaputra River in Kherbari village of Tinsukia.

Meanwhile, Bengali organizations of the state called for 12 hours of strike in Tinsukia.

The deceased were Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abinash Biswas, Subal Das and Dhananjay Namasudra.

It is known that several people were injured in the incident.

Assam police said the terrorists came in a military uniform there. They first opened fire in front of Shyamalal’s shop. The rest of the victims were around the shop.

Quoting as locals, the police said that at least six miscreants divided into two groups carried out the attack. At the time, they shot 40-50 rounds.

The Bengali organizations of Assam think that the attack may carry out by Liberty group ULFA. But ULFA says none of them is involved in this incident. Even in a statement sent to various Indian media, the organization claimed that they have no involvement in the killings.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have reacted strongly to the attack in Assam. When this incident happened in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was staying in Siliguri to hold an administrative meeting. She became angry after hearing the news.

In a tweet, Mamata said, “I condemn the brutal attacks in Tinsukia. Is this the outcome of recent NRC development? I have no words to express sympathy to the families of the dead. The guilty should be punished.”

It is to be noted that there have been tensions between Assamese and Bengalis over the last few weeks on the issue of National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) and changing the citizenship law, on the issue of citizenship of the Bengali-speaking Assamese who came to Assam - especially in Bangladesh, after March 24, 1971.


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