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Ulfa faction calls for Assam shutdown Nov 19

Posted on Nov 16, 07:12PM | IANS

ULFA's anti-talk faction has called for a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Assam Monday to protest against the killing of three people in a staged gun-battle Nov 14.

Security forces in Majuli Island in Jorhat had Thursday killed three people and injured two during an anti-insurgency operation.

Police said one of the deceased was an Ulfa militant while the two others were civilians, who died in the cross-fire. The two injured people were also civilians, they said.

Police also said they recovered a pistol and live ammunition from the slain militant.

But the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) faction led by Paresh Baruah said all the people killed in the staged gun-battle were civilians.

"The three people killed in Majuli on Thursday were not ULFA cadre but innocent civilians," said a statement by Aranya Asom, a member of the ULFA's publicity wing.

The statement said the Nov 19 shutdown would be in effect in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsagar and Tinsukia districts.