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Tension in Tinsukia district of Assam after Terror Attack on Hindi speaking Community

The locals demanded Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to visit Philobari and ensure the security of the people

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August 13, 2016: In another terror attack, two persons were killed and at least seven were injured after unidentified militants, suspected to be members of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), opened fire in a village in Tinsukia district of Assam on late Friday evening on August 12.

The attack took place on Friday night at a house in Bamungaon village. The dead were identified as Kishori Shah (65) and his son Rajesh Shah (35), the police said.

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Hundreds of people in Philobari area came out to the streets to condemn the attack on “Hindi-speaking” community and blamed the police for their failure to protect the lives of innocent civilians.

“The Hindi speaking community in Assam has been facing attacks since 2000. However, the state government has not done anything to protect the lives of the people living in Tinsukia and other districts for generations and assimilated with the locals,” a demonstrator said.

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The locals demanded Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to visit Philobari and ensure the security of the people.

They have also complained that the police were aware of a probable attack by the militants in the area but did not deploy adequate forces.

Tinsukia Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said operations were launched against the militants and that security in the districts was intensified.(IANS)

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The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
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She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS