Violence by the banned NDFB entered the third day today as a Hindi-speaking woman was shot dead in Kokrajhar district taking the toll to 24, even as the ultras fired at the security forces in Sonitpur, police said.

A group of NDFB (Anti-talk) faction rebels knocked on the door of one Kalabati Chauhan’s house around 1.30 am at Jamguri. As she opened the door, they pumped bullets into her and fled, they said.

Meanwhile, another group of NDFB members fired upon security forces, during a search and combing operation against the outfit, near Dihing Tea estate around 11 am before fleeing towards neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, police said, adding, no injury or casualty was reported in the firing.

A review meeting of the strategy group of the Unified Command Structure held here yesterday had decided to intensify the operations against the insurgents with special attention to the Assam-Arunachal border areas where they operate, sources said.

During a search operation in Guwahati, a joint CRPF and police team apprehended two NDFB militants with two RDX explosives which was intended for subversive activities in the city, the sources said.

The two rebels identified as Gwmchar Daimary and Pranjit Daimary were nabbed early this morning from the Basistha area, where the Army 151 Base Hospital is located.

Meanwhile, bandhs were observed in different parts of the State, including Sonitpur, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Nagaon, Bongaigaon districts, called by various organisations to protest the rampage by the separatist ethnic outfit.

The demonstrators also halted movement of trains in Nagaon and traffic on the National Highways, the sources said.

Today’s bandhs were called by the Hindibashi Yuva Parishad, the Bengali Youth Students Federation, the Purvottar Hindustani Sanmilan and the All Assam Bhojpuri Students Union.