File Photo of a suspected DNLA cadre in the custody of the security forces

A former militant and a woman were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a community dinner celebrating a local festival in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, police said on Thursday. Investigators suspect that the assailants could be members of the Dimasa National Liberation Army, an armed outfit active in the area.

Debojit Deuri, the Superintendent of Police, Karbi Anglong told EastMojo that the incident happened at around 11.30 pm on Wednesday in remote Kharnai Disa village as the locals sat down for dinner celebrating Bishu Dima, the harvest festival of the Dimasa community.

“They were eating when the gunmen shot at them,” said Deuri adding that the firing killed Amit Nunisa, a former cadre of the Dima Halim Daoga (DHD), a disbanded militant outfit and Alota Maibongsa, a 60-year-old woman who sitting right across Nunisa. Another person was injured in the incident.

Police said locals claim that the incident involved 3-4 gunmen who walked to the dinner and fled to the adjoining forests. The police recovered AK-series and .32 pistol bullets and 16 bore gun cartridge from the crime scene.

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A senior Assam Police official from the area said they suspect that gunmen could be members of the DNLA, “the only armed outfit in the region.” The group is said to have around 15 active cadres. Thirteen of its members were among the militants who ceremonially laid down arms in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in December 2020.

“We suspect their role because they are the only armed outfit in the area. It is a million dollar question as to why they carried out this killing. We are investigating the incident,” the Assam Police official said.

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