Silchar / Kolkata: At least five Bengalis have been gunned down by suspected ULFA militants in Tinsukia district of Assam.
The massacre took place around 8 this evening and comes within days of the surrendered faction of the ULFA publicly threatening to revive the 1983-style agitation when some 2,000-odd Bengalis were killed overnight at Nellie in Assam.
The threat was issued in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that the Centre is pushing for to give citizenship to Hindu Bengali migrants from Bangladesh. Assam Police are yet to book the surrendered ULFA leader who issued the threat.
The additional director general of Assam Police, Mukesh Agarwal, informed that today’s killing has taken place in a village at Doom Dooma in Tinsukia and it was carried out by unidentified gunmen.
The five victims ~ Shyamal Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Subal Das, and Dhanai Namashudra ~ were forced out of their homes by the gunmen in military fatigues and then fired at by a riverside. The first three are from the same family.
Sources suspect that there could be more casualties as the incident took place late in the evening and police are yet to secure the village and its surroundings so to rule out more deaths.
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has reacted strongly over the massacre.
“Terrible news coming out of Assam. We strongly condemn the brutal attack in Tinsukia and the killing of Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Subodh Das. Is this the outcome of recent NRC development? We have no words to express our deep sorrow to the grieving families. The perpetrators must be punished at the very earliest. The fifth victim in Tinsukia … Dhananjay Namashudra,” she has tweeted.
Banerjee has also announced that in protest against the killing, Trinamool will organise protest rallies in all over Bengal tomorrow.
On 28 October, Bollywood singer Shaan was attacked with paper balls by a section of the audience as he was singing a Bengali song during a concert in Guwahati.