Sushanta Talukdar

GUWAHATI: Suspected militants gunned down five persons including four minors and injured three others in an attack on Dimasa village in the troubled North Cachar Hills district in southern Assam on Wednesday night.

The deceased have been identified as Karon Thonglo (25), Warsi Thonglo (2), Dapola Langthasa (10), Lambo Langthasa (6) and Senring Langthasa (3).

Official sources said heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate fire on residents of Semkhor killing the five on the spot and critically injuring the others.

Revenge killings

The police suspected that Wednesday’s attack could be retaliation for the killing of three Zeme Naga women by suspected militants in a village under Mahur police station.

Following this incident, the death toll (after militant attacks on Dimasa and Zeme Naga villages) in the N.C. Hills district since March 19 has gone up to 56.

Shifting put on hold

Even as the toll rises, the district administration has to put the proposed shifting of 10,000 people from 50 Dimasa and Zeme Naga villages on hold as the State government is yet to release the required funds.

The shift is being planned to launch a full-scale counter insurgency operation in the villages.