2 ultras, police officer killed in encounter along Assam-Arunachal border

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, May 4: Three persons, the ULFA-I militants and a police inspector were believed to be killed in an fierce encounter between the police and a group of militant at Bordumsa area in Tinsukia district bordering Arunachal Pradesh on Friday evening.

According to the reports, a team of Assam Police and Cobra Battalion of CRPF launched a joint operation at Kajupathar area under Bordumsa police station based on specific inputs on the presence of a group of militant belonging to banned ULFA-I in the area.

The militants started indiscriminate firing on the police personnel when it was about to approach the hide out. The militants also lobbed two hand grenades targeting the police team.

The police also retaliated and a heavy exchange of fire took place between the two groups.

Two militants were believed to be killed in the gun battle which lasted for more than 30 minutes. The officer-in-charge of Bordumsa police station Inspector Bhaskar Kalita, who received severe injuries, succumbed to his injuries at hospital.

The entire area was cordoned off by the police and the security forces to flush out the group of militants, Assam Police ADGP (SB) Pallab Bhattacharya informed in Guwahati.

A team of senior police and army officials led by ADGP RP Meena has been rushed to the spot.

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