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Protests as Army kills youth, mistaken for Bodo terrorist
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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The Army allegedly killed an innocent Bodo youth in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, mistaking him for a terrorist belonging to the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), last night triggering major protest in the Helem area. Witnesses said the incident occurred inside the Singlijan Elephant reserve on the evening of February 19. The place is under the Helem police station of Sonitpur district. The Army has been having a major anti-NDFB operations in that area, nearly 300 kilometer east of Guwahati. The 5 Regiment of Rajputna Rifles have a base at Nayaghora area under the Helem police station. The deceased was identified as Bijay Boro (26) son of Muktaram Boro, who is the Secretary of the Village Defence Force of Karigaon. According to the army version one AK-56 Rifle, 12 rounds of ammunition and one Japan made walkie talkie were recovered from him. But deceaseds friend Ras Mech, who was also caught in the army firing, said that he and Bijay along with two others had gone to Ramghat hills to cut trees. When they were returning, they were confronted by an army patrol team at Dulung Khaganuri, as reported by UNI. Bijay Boro, thinking army patrol party to be foresters, ran for cover and Army unit which mistook him as Bodo terrorist shot him down. According to Ras Mech, he was spared when he identified himself as non Bodo. The local people immediately protested and informed the police that deceased Bijay Boro was only a wood cutter. The mob then gheraoed Helem police station. The Officer in Charge Dayarm Saikia and Inspector Tiken Chandra Das and Assistant Inspector Rupram Hazarika, however, managed to control the angry protesters promising a detailed inquiry.

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