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Two persons, including an elderly woman, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened "indiscriminate" fire at a village in Karbi Anglong, Assam close to midnight on Wednesday, police informed on Thursday.
The incident took place at Kharnaidisa near Dhansiri when the villagers were celebrating the Busu Dima festival.
Confirming the incident, Karbi Anglong superintendent of police, Debajit Deori told TNT-The Northeast Today that two villagers, Amit Nunisa (42) and Alota Maibongsa (60) died in the firing by the unidentified gunmen which took place around 11.30 pm.
“Ashit Phonglosa, a youth in his mid-twenties, sustained a minor bullet injury on his right hand and admitted to Diphu Medical College and Hospital for treatment. He is expected to be discharged from hospital any time today (Jan 28),” Deori said.
The SP said that an investigation has been launched to trace those behind the firing.
While some suspect militant outfit Dimasa National Liberation Army to be behind the incident, the police official said generally militant outfits in the state do not disturb people during a festival, let alone open fire.
“But things will be clear once the investigation is over,” he said.