Five people were killed and one got injured when suspected militants of DLNA, or Dimasa National Liberation Army, indiscriminately fired at seven trucks and later set them on fire in the Dima Hasao district of Assam on Thursday night.
The trucks were headed towards Lanka from Umrangsu when they came under sudden attack at Rangerbeel around 8.30 pm. The trucks were reportedly carrying clinker and coal.
“The militants first opened fire from automatic weapons before setting the trucks on fire,” according to security forces. Notably, a few months back six militants of the outfit were eliminated by security forces in an encounter in Karbi Anglong district’s Dhansiri area.
What Assam police said
Dima Hasao’s superintendent of police Jayant Singh said that the cops have recovered five charred bodies from the trucks that are believed to be truck drivers and handymen. “Identification is still going on,” he said. Singh said that militant outfit DNLA was behind the attack as per the intelligence inputs.
The police informed that suspected militants allegedly stopped the trucks and started firing indiscriminately on them. While few trucks managed to escape, those trapped were set ablaze.
The DNLA was formed in 2019 and seeks to form a sovereign and independent nation for the Dimasa tribe. The tribe is said to be one of the earliest inhabitants of the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam. People belonging to the tribe currently reside in Dima Hasao, Karbi Anglong, Cachar and Nagaon districts in Assam. They are also found in some parts of Nagaland. Dima Hasao was once a hotbed of insurgency during the 1990s and 2000s but has been relatively peaceful in the last decade.
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