Following the ambush carried by United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) at Pengeri, which killed three army personnel, life at the nearby villages has been badly hit. Fearing another round of attack by the insurgents or interrogation by the security personnel, the villagers are deserting their native villages in scores. Events like marriages are being called off in wake of the situation.
A source said, ‘ Many rumours are doing rounds which is complicating the situation here. A rumour said that Army has asked us to vacate the villages. Following that, more than 400 villagers left the villages. Many of them haven’t been able to take their domestic cattle also.’
Marriage being called off
In this bleak scenario, marriages are also being called off. Bidyadhar Sonowal, a poor peasant from Muluk village had fixed the date of his daughter Anjali’s marriage on Sunday. However, following the incident, the marriage was cancelled despite all the arrangements being made. In fact, the Muluk village is now virtually empty. Most of its residents have taken shelter in ‘Oirabat Bhawan’ a makeshift camp of the forest department.
ULFA (I) claims responsibility for Pengeri attack
Meanwhile, ULFA (I) and a joint forum of North East militant groups– United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA) claimed responsibility for the attack. Tinsukia District Superintendent of Police Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said the ambush was carried out jointly by NSCN(K) and ULFA(I) militants and they used sophisticated weapons, including Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG), AK-47 rifles and mortars.