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Armymen donate blood to save woman ULFA cadre

January 22, 2009 17:50 IST
In an irony of sorts, army personnel donated blood to save an injured woman cadre of the United Liberation Front of Asom captured during an encounter in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

The woman militant, Tezimalla Rabha, was injured in the thigh during an encounter with personnel of the army's Red Horns Division in East Garo Hills on December 22, 2008 during which two other ULFA militants were shot dead, an army official said on Thursday.

Rabha, wife of a commander of 109 ULFA Battalion Gulit Das, was given first aid and carried on the shoulder for five hours through a treacherous terrain by armymen and later admitted to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, the official said.

As she was in a precarious condition, the Red Horns Division shifted her to the Army Base hospital in Guwahati, where troops donated blood to save her life, he said.

The army surgeon attending Rabha said she was brought in a critical state as she had lost a lot of blood. However, she responded well to the treatment and is now out of danger.

The army apprehended Rabha earlier also but she had rejoined ULFA after her release.

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