Six men carrying assault rifles in Tinsukia district on Thursday killed six Bengali speaking men.
According to the reports, the militants took all six to a nearby bridge, told them to face towards the stream and pulled showered bullets from behind.
Sadiya Superintendent of Police PS Changmai said, “At least 38 empty AK-47 catridges were recovered from the spot.”
Five men died on the spot but the sixth one Shadeb died of injuries later in the hospital.
According to the reports, the militants were dressed in military uniform, which is why everyone thought of them as soldiers.
A political battle has also erupted over the killings and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that the killings were an outcome of the Centre’s decision on National Register of Citizenship (NRC).
ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) later released a statement and claimed that they had no role in the killings.
The Assam government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a job for the next of the kin of the deceased.
A group of women had blocked Dhola-Tinsukia highway to protest against the killings of five men. They burnt tyres in the middle of the road to demonstrate their anger.
Following the protests, several Bengali organisations in Assam, including the All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation, have called for a 24-hour shutdown today as a sign of protest against the killing of five men by Ulfa (I).