Suspected militants fired indiscriminately at seven trucks in Assam’s Dima Hasao district on Thursday night, killing five people and injuring one. Police said that around 8.30 pm, armed men stopped seven trucks, six of which were carrying cement and one containing coal. This time he started firing indiscriminately.
Dima Hasao Superintendent of Police Jayant Singh said the group fired at the vehicles for several minutes and then set them on fire. Five people died and one was injured in this incident. They are all truck drivers and handymen.
Officials suspect that the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) was involved in the attack. The reason behind the attack is suspected to be the refusal of a cement factory to comply with DNLA’s demands for extortion. “Soon after the incident, additional forces reached the spot and launched a search operation to nab those involved in the incident,” Singh said.
Formed in April 2019, the DNLA is seeking an independent nation for the Dimasa community through an armed struggle. In recent months, members of the organization have been killed or surrendered in encounters with security forces. The Dimasa are one of the indigenous tribes of Assam. According to the 2011 census about 142,413 Dimas were concentrated in Dima Hasao District, while others lived in neighboring Nagaland.
Significantly, the DNLA claims to fight to protect the tribe’s culture, language and restore the Dimasa Kingdom, one of the oldest in the region. The Dima Halam Daogah and Black Widow rebel groups were previously active in the region, but have now become inactive.