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Assam: Militants shoot bullets on train, kill 1 CRPF jawan

The security scene in Assam continues to remain grim with militant outfits unleashing attacks on several fronts. On Friday, bullets were sprayed on a passenger train in central Assam’s North Cachar hills by militants, killing one CRPF jawan and in...

, ET Bureau|
Apr 10, 2009, 08.47 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: The security scene in Assam continues to remain grim with militant outfits unleashing attacks on several fronts. On Friday, bullets were sprayed on a passenger train in central Assam���s North Cachar hills by militants, killing one CRPF jawan and injuring 10 other passengers. One personnel of the railway protection special force was also injured.

The CRPF jawan has been identified as A.K. Tiwari. Sources in the police suspect the hand of Dima Halim Daogah of the Jewel Garlossa faction, which is also known as Black Widow, to be behind this incident. The chief public relation officer of Northeast Frontier Railway S. Hajong told ET, "There was indiscriminate firing on the Badarpur-Lumding passenger train at Wadrangdisa at about 1.15 pm. The train operates there under tight security cover."

On Thursday, DGP of Assam police G.M. Srivastav had reviewed security arrangements in the area. Militants, on Wednesday, had ambushed the convoy of the Election Commission���s observer in the North Cachar hill district.

The two hill districts of KarbiAnglong and North Cachar hills, which are clubbed under the autonomous district of Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls on April 16.

Militancy in the area has severely affected developmental projects. In the past, the militants have attacked railwaymen and property, forcing the railways to withdraw train services temporarily.

Four persons working for a cement plant were also killed in the past. Militants have often attacked security personnel engaged in the Lumding-Silchar-Jiribam gauge conversion project. The project has been badly affected time and again.
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