Adivasi massacre victims recount day of horror

Pranjal Baruah, Guwahati

Mangal Baske’s hut at Kodaldanga village still wears a deserted look and the gloom is all pervading. A year ago, his whole world turned upside down when both his daughters – Sita (7) and Suki (5) – were killed in a firing by National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit) militants on December 23. The attack was so sudden that bullets pierced their bodies even before anyone could react.

“It is the worst day in my life. We were summing up the day’s work when the militants opened fire on villagers suddenly. No one could have actually run,” said Bala Hasda, a local who, along with others, organized a prayer in the village for the departed souls.

Those who escaped the tragedy were left with no other option but to cry over their lost loved ones. At least 30 people, including 13 children, were shot dead on the evening on December 23, 2014, when Bodo rebels fired at villagers at Phulbari, Samukjuli, Sunajuli, Maitalubasti and neighboring areas on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in the district.

Within a few hours, the death toll rose up to over 76, out of which almost 68 were adivasi farmers. The retaliation, thereafter, killed some Bodos too. The Centre immediately ordered a massive operation against Bodo rebels which is still continuing. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), too, was roped in to investigate the incident.

The NIA investigation revealed that ‘NDFB-S commander in chief G Bidai orchestrated the mayhem to create terror among adivasi people.’ The state police, which was forced to pull up their socks after the massacre, have increased vigilance in far-flung but vulnerable areas.

A senior police official said, “So far, more than 24 NDFB leaders have been killed in the operation, some 580, including linkmen, arrested, over 200 sophisticated arms and grenades seized.”

Also read, about December 2014 violence of Assam-

Assam toll rises to 78, violence spreads to Kokrajhar

Over 75,000 take shelter in relief camps in Kokrajhar; Army goes all-out against Bodo rebels in Assam

 

News Courtesy- The Times of India Dec 25, 2015

Image- Adivasis, who fled from their village Phuluguri after a Bodo militant attack, take refuge in a local school, at Shamukjuli village in Sonitpur district of Assam on Wednesday. Courtesy: TheHindu

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