A policeman and an ULFA(I) militant were killed in an encounter in Assam’s Goalpara district, hours after a powerful blast at Dudhnoi – suspected to have been triggered by the outfit – claimed three lives.
Superintendent of Police, Nitul Gogoi, said that in the wake of the blast at Dudhnoi, police stepped up their vigil and received a tip-off about a group of ULFA(I) militants moving in Krishnai area of Goalpara district.
Officer in charge of Krishnai police station, along with commandos, surrounded a house at Jira where the ultras were holed up and cordoned off the area, Gogoi said.
One of the police commandos died when the insurgents opened fire and in the ensuing gunbattle, one of the militants was also killed. The remote control, which was suspected to have been used in the Dudhnoi blast, was recovered from the slain ultra.
Three pistols, an AK rifle magazine, a grenade, and several extortion notices were also recovered from the slain rebel.
The SP said Monday night’s bomb blast that killed three persons and injured 20 others was not connected with the ongoing Assam Assembly elections, as the militants took advantage of the forces moving out for deployment from the areas where first phase poll was held.