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GUWAHATI: Five persons were killed and at least one other injured when armed militants suspected to be belonging to the banned ULFA(I) carried out a massacre of innocent people at Kherbari at Saikhowaghat in Dhola in easternmost Assam on Thursday night triggering widespread condemnation in the state.
The slain persons were identified as Subal Das, Shyamol Biswas, Abinash Biswas, Dhananjoy Namasudra and Ananta Biswas.
Police said the armed ultras in camouflage fatigue lined up the villagers before opening indiscriminate firing.
The Chief Minister, Sarbananda Somowal while condemning the dastardly incident has asked the state Director General of Police (DGP), Kula Saikia and ADGP Mukesh Agarwal to rushed to the incident district Tinsukia district of Assam.
Sonowal has also asked ministers Keshab Mahanta and Tapan Gogoi to the place of violence talk to people and ensure that peace prevails.
Police and the Army have cordoned off the area to launched a search operation to nab the culprits. The area is close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
The Chief Minister has alerted all the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police in all the districts to take preventive measures to thwart any design to create disturbance in the state.