Operation All Out: Heavy firing between NDFB (S), Assam Rifles in Sonitpur

Guwahati(PTI): An encounter on Friday took place between NDFB-Songbijit militants and 12 Assam Rifles personnel in Itakhola area of Assam’s Sonitpur district along Arunachal Pradesh, a police officer said.

Heavy firing between NDFB (S) militants, Assam Rifles; no casualty so far

Heavy firing was reported, but there was no report of any injury or casualty so far, district Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parashar said. A group of 12 NDFB-S militants came to the Assam side and when the security forces encountered them, they fired upon the personnel leading to an exchange of bullets, police sources added.

Altogether 81 people, including 26 women and 18 infants, have been killed since December 23 in serial attacks by NDFB(S) terrorists, retaliatory violence and alleged police firing across four districts of Sonitpur, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Udalguri.
The Assam government on December 27 claimed that the overall situation in the restive districts has improved even as the number of people taking shelter in 81 relief camps in the wake of serial NDFB attacks has risen to nearly 1.15 lakh.

Curfew has been relaxed in all the four districts. A total of 364 houses were set ablaze by the Bodos and tribal people in the aftermath of the attack. Out of these, 186 units were burnt in Sonitpur, 117 in Kokrajhar, 41 in Chirang and 20 in Udalguri.
In Kokrajhar, 52 relief camps have been set up, out of which 31 are for the Adivasis and rest for Bodo people. A total of over 82,000 people are taking shelter in these camps.

In Chirang, nearly 13,000 people are staying in 11 camps, of which seven are for Bodos and four for Adivasis. Authorities have opened nine relief camps in Sonitpur district, out of which six are for Adivasis and rest for Bodos. Nearly 7,000 people are staying at this moment in these places.
Nine camps in Udalguri include six for Bodos, and house nearly 5,000 people.