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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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India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

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