GUWAHATI: Dalmia Cement issued a statement on Friday, acknowledging the unfortunate attack by DNLA militants late on Thursday, wherein some of their partner vehicles carrying company material were targeted by an extremist group.
“We are saddened to inform you that 5 drivers who were attacked lost their lives and 2 were injured. We express our condolences to the families of the deceased and we will extend due support to the bereaved families,” the statement said.
“We are in touch with the Government of Assam and they have assured us that necessary steps will be taken, so as to avoid any such untowardly incident in the future,” said a company spokesperson, asserting that the organization is willing to extend necessary support to partners and associates.
At least five persons were killed and one injured when suspected militants of Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) fired indiscriminately at seven trucks and later set them on fire in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, around 200 km from Guwahati, on Thursday night.
The development came months after security forces killed six DNLA militants in an encounter in the Dhansiri area of Karbi Anglong district in May.
According to sources in security establishments, the trucks — laden with raw material for cement and coal — were headed towards Lanka from Umrangsu when they came under sudden attack at Rangerbeel around 8.30 pm, where militants first opened fire with automatic weapons before setting the trucks on fire.
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