A police spokesperson said that tribal separatists of the forbidden Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) opened haphazard firing along the National Highway 37 near Bokakhat in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district.
According to the official reports, “A truck driver was killed and four more were injured in the attack, including two leaders of a students’ organization who were travelling in a car.”
A group of KPLT rebels were trying to inflict a 60-hour general strike in parts of eastern Assam demanding a separate state for the Karbi tribes’ people in the region. The strike began on Saturday.
The Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) is a militant group from Manipur whose members have started taking shelter in Assam and functioning extortion.
Among those arrested were KCP finance secretary L Sunil. The official said that “The KCP militants were taking shelter in a rented accommodation in Guwahati and were involved in extorting money from people having business interests in Manipur.”