Guwahati, November 6: Three days – 72 hours prior to the Tinsukia massacre – in a letter dated October 29, the DGP, Special Branch (Assam) had intimated top cops of the possibility of an attack.
As per a report filed by the DNA, the letter states that statements made by ULFA-I , pro-talk ULFA regarding the National Register of Citizens, had frustrated Bengalis living in Assam, some of whom had voiced their opinion on social media. These posts have been communal in nature, which could result in a volatile situation, the letter stated.
The letter stated, “The situation may result in clashes between Assamese and Bengalis in the state and ULFA may resort to attacking vulnerable Bengali pockets in the state.”
Six youths from a Hindu Bengali community, who were sitting in a shop at Kherbari, about four km from Sadiya, were picked up by the gunmen in camouflage attire on November 1 at around 7: 30 pm. The men were taken to the bank of the Brahmaputra river, asked to sit in line and were shot at, as per an eye witness, who escaped from the spot. The victims have been identified as Shyamal Biswas (60), Ananta Biswas (18), Abhinash Biswas (23), Subal Das (60) and Dhananjay Namasudra (23).
The letter had asked the police to treat the input with seriousness and has asked the police to nurture their intelligence input to tackle the situation, as stated by the DNA.