ULFA-I in a statement to media houses, codenamed the ‘operation’ as ‘Operation Lakhipathar. The outfit said that the ‘operation’ was undertaken to mark the ‘protest day’ on November 28.
There was a gun battle. A senior police official who does not want to be named told ET, “The ambush took place Monday. Around 50 km away from Tinsukia amidst deep jungles, an army convoy was passing through the road when it was attacked.”
The militants lobbed grenades on the army vehicle. “Owing the impact of the blast, deep cater was visible on the roads. As soon as the vehicle stopped, militants fired and the Army retaliated. Senior Army and police officials including DIG (North-East range) Jitmol Doley and Tinsukia SP Abhijeet Gurav immediately rushed to the spot with heavy reinforcements. The entire area including the road was cordoned off ,” Gaurav said.
“The Ulfa (I) rebels fired at a bullet-proof vehicle of the Army taking cover of the thick jungles along the Digboi-Pengeri road. The Army also counter-attacked, forcing them to flee. There was no casualty or injuries to the soldiers. Our search operation is underway.”
Officials said that blood stains found in the jungle may belong to fleeing militants. Some militants are injured.
On November 19, 2016, the Ulfa (I) had carried out a similar attack in the same area on the Digboi-Pengeri road in which three soldiers were killed while four other injured.