Naga ultras gun down 3 Adivasis, torch houses

Situation worsens as locals clash with CRPF personnel

Thousands fled after suspected Naga militants gunned down three Adivasis and torched over a hundred houses on the Assam-Nagaland border on Wednesday evening.

Reports reaching here said many were injured in Chetiagaon, Jahajibasti and other hamlets in the Rengapani area near Uriamghat along the Assam-Nagaland border in Golaghat district after Naga miscreants set fire to their houses.

The situation further worsened on Wednesday when angry locals fought pitched battles with CRPF personnel deployed near the border as a “neutral force” according to the Supreme Court order and asked them to take on the Naga militants.

Locals alleged that the CRPF personnel remained mute spectators to the incident and failed to protect them.

Agitated citizens protested before the Uriamghat Police Station to express their anger over the state government’s failure to provide security to the villagers. The mob also blockaded Sorupathar MLA Aklius Tirkey for an hour at the police station.

“We demand deployment of Assam Rifles personnel instead of CRPF,” said an elderly citizen.
A local media quoted border magistrate and sub divisional officer in Nagaland P Phuleshe Yepthomi as saying that the Adivasis triggered the violence by surrounding two Naga villages and damaged a couple of houses before firing on the people forcing retaliation.

Despite the Assam government claiming that the situation is under control after additional forces were deployed, locals said it only worsened further when Naga militants went on a shooting spree and torched 13 houses forcing people to flee. Close to 7,000 people were lodged in relief camps in Golaghat district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi sought additional central paramilitary forces for deployment in the trouble-torn areas.

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