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Assam: BJP leader shot dead

K Anurag in Guwahati | December 14, 2007 09:30 IST

Unidentified militants shot dead a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Assam and a dealer of LP Gas, Munindra Singh Lahkar (62) at his residence at Rangiya on Thursday night.

Senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader and a state legislator Padma Hazarika was grievously injured when militants attacked him near his residence at Sootea in North Assam district of Sonitpur on Thursday night.

The police said three unidentified youth came to the residence-cum-office of the BJP leader at Rangiya railway town about 45 km from Guwahati and shot him dead while he was sitting inside the house. A servant of the house was also injured in the attack.

Senior police officers rushed to the incident site immediately after the killing. The police have remained clueless about the identity of the killers while involvement of militants is not ruled out.

In another incident, Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader and MLA, Padma Hazarika was seriously injured when a group of unidentified militants fired upon him while he was going back home after attending a public meeting in his locality at Sootea in Sonitpur district.

The legislator was alone in his Santro car when ultras opened fire. He received at least five bullet injuries. The car was totally damaged as the terrorists also hurled grenade on it. On being fired upon, the legislator ran out of his car, trying to protect himself under cover of darkness, a party source said.

The villagers then rushed the seriously injured MLA to the government civil hospital in Tezpur, where he was operated upon. His condition is now stable in the Army base hospital in Tezpur.

The MLA has been opposed to continuing encroachment upon the forest areas of Sonitpur district by a particular tribe under the covert patronage of a group of tribal militant.