Assam villagers take up arms against militants

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Guwahati:  There's heavy exchange of fire between security forces and Bodo militants in Assam close to the place where Bodo militants killed 11 people a couple of days ago. And after the killings the villagers have decided to take up arms to counter both militant terror as well as government inaction.

After a face off between villagers and security forces, the DGP's convoy was broken down with bow and arrows and sticks.

Angry Bhimajuli residents would not allow any government functionaries to enter the area. Even the DGP was not spared.

"We are trying to bring peace," said Shankar Barua, DGP, Assam.

"If police does not do anything, we will take matter in our hands. We will take revenge," said an enraged villager.

Late on Sunday evening some fifteen NDFB militants shot down 11 people including women and children. At least 13 were injured.

The same morning in nearby Pabhoi, residents had a meeting defying NDFB's extortion demands which may have served as a trigger for this attack.

But the people were in no mood to give in, hitting out at the government.

Peoples' anger and grief have galvanized into mass hysteria.

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"Eleven people have died so its natural, army has been called," said Himanta Sharma, Health Minister Assam.

It was in October last year when NDFB carried out the most violent serial attack .In a renewed threat a resurgent NDFB has challenged the government with more violence.

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