At least six rebels of the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) were killed Sunday in an encounter with police and Assam Rifles in Karbi Anglong district, a senior police official said.
The slain militants’ possessions included four AK-47 rifles, four revolvers, some live bombs, homemade weapons, and massive rounds of ammo.
However, a part of the media stated that eight DNLA guerillas were killed during the counter-militant campaign, which is still ongoing under the command of Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Sonowal in Karbi Anglong.
Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Director General of Assam Police, said six DNLA hardliners were neutralized in Karbi Anglong District when they shot at a joint squad of police and Assam Rifles during an anti-terror activity. According to the police chief, the banned DNLA has engaged in abduction, robbery, and murder, which are not allowed in Assam.
Counter-insurgency operations in the Dhansiripar region of the Karbi Anglong district, which borders Nagaland, were recently stepped up following the May 19 killing of one Sanjoy Ronghang by alleged DNLA insurgents in Daojingphang village. Numerous organizations, including the Dimasa Students’ Union, denounced Sanjoy Ronghang’s assassination and requested action against those responsible.
The DNLA was established in April 2019 with the mission of establishing a sovereign “Dimasa republic.” The DNLA representatives reportedly received training from the Isak-Muivah group of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, which has been in talks with the central government for many years.
The DNLA has operated in parts of Karbi Anglong and the neighboring Dima Hasao district.