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Assam: Congress man, former ultra shot dead

March 17, 2009 19:29 IST

Two persons including a Congress man and a former United Liberation Front of Asom militant were shot dead in two separate incidents of violence in Assam on Tuesday.

In a supposedly poll related incident, unidentified tribal militants shot dead a block-level Congress leader, Joy Singh Kro of Borkok Block Congress under Hamren sub-division of insurgency-hit Karbi Anglong hill district at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

It is feared that militant groups in the hill district are trying to meddle with the election process by backing candidates of their choice. More poll-related violence is also expected to rock the hill district in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.

Karbi Anglong hill district falls under Diphu parliamentary constituency that is represented by Congress Member of Parliament Biren Singh Ingti.

In another incident suspected militants of the banned ULFA, shot dead a surrendered leader of the outfit, Nayanjyoti Roy (35) in the heart of Kokrajhar town in western Assam on Tuesday morning.

Police informed that the former ULFA militant was shot with a 9 mm pistol from close range. The assailants fled the scene immediately after committing the crime near Kokrajhar Government Higher Secondary School.

The former militant is survived by his wife and a three-month-old baby. Police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits. He was self-employed after he had surrendered from ULFA ranks about six years back.

K Anurag in Guwahati