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Shut-Down in North Cachar Hills
Published on 13 Apr. 2009 1:13 AM IST
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A day long shut-down was being observed in Assam’s North Cachar Hills District on Sunday in protest against the recent incidents of violence perpetrated by the Dima Halam Daogah (Black Widow) militants. The shut-down, which started at 6 a.m. today, was called by several organisations including the All Dimasa Students Union, Sinlung News reported. According to reports, the DHD Black Widow militants, who claim to fight for safeguarding the identity of the Dimasa tribe, on Saturday evening, had lobbed a grenade in the Halflong town. However, there was no causality. The same militant outfit had attacked a goods train between Langting and Disaobra railway stations in Cachar Hills district on Saturday. An Assam Police battalion soldier was injured in the incident. Also, in a separate incident on Saturday morning, a Karbi militant and a civilian were killed in an encounter between the militants and the Army near Dakomoka. of Karbi Anglong District. During the same time in adjacent North Cachar Hills District, a separate group of militants belonging to the Dimasa ethnic group had fired indiscriminately at a goods train coming from Lumding to Badarpur. However, there were no causalities as the drivers’ cabin was bulletproof. Train movement on the Lumding-Badarpur hill section has been suspended since Saturday following threat from militants.

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