Guwahati (Assam), Nov 2: The All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation will on Saturday observe a 12-hour shutdown in Tinsukia town as a sign of protest against the killing of five persons, including three of a family, by suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) or ULFA (Independent) gunmen at Dhola in Tinsukia district on Thursday night.
“The incident has hurt us. The Union government had promised to protect the Bengalis. But, these claims are in vain. Big leaders must provide us with adequate security, and the guilty should be awarded rigorous punishment,” news agency ANI quoted Union leader Shubhankar Dev as saying.
“We are Assamese, born on Assam’s land and will die on this very land. People who were murdered on Thursday were locals, not Bangladeshis. Armament is not a solution to peace. The Assam government should hold talks and apologise to the Bengali ethnic community in Assam. The police are ineffective and have failed to protect Bengali completely,” the student union leader told ANI.
When the incident took place, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had wondered whether the killings were the outcome of the recent “NRC (National Register of citizens) development”.
As per locals, four-five armed militants in Army fatigue started firing indiscriminately at a group of people who were playing the game of Ludo in front of a dhaba at a remote location called Kherbari under Dhola Police Station in the Tinsukia district that borders Arunachal Pradesh in eastern Assam.
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