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Fake Encounter in Assam

The Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) strongly condemns the coldblooded murder of four alleged Maoist activists in Sadiya of Tinsukia district in Assam. The Assam government has claimed that a joint team of the Assam Police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Indian Army has killed four armed cadres of the upper Assam Leading Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in a “fierce gun-battle” at around 10.30 am on 9 May at Borgora-Deopani Nepali Gaon under the Sadiya police station.

The family members of the deceased and the residents of the area have rubbished this claim by the government and the circumstances in which the four youths – Siddhartha Buragohain (Telikola village, Sadiya), Medang Gogoi alias Rajib Gogoi (Topsinga village), Hiren Chetia alias Rajat (Tokajan village) and Kamala Buragohain (No 2 Tokajan village) – all between 25 and 30 years, were killed. As per the news reports in the local media which referred to the testimonies of the villagers, this was nothing but a cold-blooded murder which was later staged as an “encounter”. According to the residents of the village, as published by the media, a commando unit of Sadiya Police arrived early in the morning and forced the villagers to move away from the house of one Bal Bahadur Limbu where they suspected Maoist cadres were taking shelter. Thereafter the house was encircled from all directions. Two of the cadres who were on sentry duty outside the house ran to safety by firing at one of the police teams, while another police team entered the house from the rear. The police found the four youth taking food and asked them to raise their hands. There was no resistance from the unarmed youth. Subsequently all four were shot by the police from point-blank range and killed in cold blood. Later the police resorted to heavy firing on the house to manufacture evidence of a “heavy gun-fi ght” as a result of which the house was severely damaged.

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