By- Staff Reporter | Date- December 27, 2011
In a massive public outcry, the streets of Makum in Tinsukia district saw hundreds and thousands of people protesting against the fake encounter of three innocent youths by Indian Army terming them as ULFA militants.
Accusing the Indian Army of gross violation of human rights in the name of counter-insurgency operations, the locals wanted to burn the corpses of the youths killed on National Highway 37. However CRPF personnel and the district administration prevented the protestors from carrying this out. Later the people blocked the entire National Highway.
It is to be mentioned that Army killed three youths at Na-Dihing river bank of Namchai under Arunachal Pradesh on Monday, December 26th and claimed them as ULFA cadre of Paresh Baruah led hardliner faction. Army also claimed that one motorcycle, two pistols with live bullets, three mobile handsets and several extortion notes were recovered from the killed militant.
On the other hand, the ULFA hardliner faction had confirmed in a press release sent to Times of Assam, that the three youth were not members of their outfit and that the Army’s claim about recovering Arms & Organizational letter heads from the three youths are also not the truth. Claiming army’s act as cowardice, the outfit had alleged that it is been a regular practice that army kills civilian and produces their bodies with arms and ammunition claiming as ULFA cadres.
The three youths were Siba Moran (26), Dhiraj Dowerah (22) and Janak Moran (22). The family of these youths has claimed that they were never related to the outfit. They have also refused to take back the bodies without justice.
Till this report is being written, hundreds of people were blocking the Highway as well the railway tracks, shouting slogans against the Indian Army, State and Central Government. The situation was growing more tense as the administration was showing no sign yet of solving the issue or assuring of a proper enquiry.