India: Six militants gunned down, army man injured in encounter in northeastern Assam

One SLR rifle, one Insas rifle, three pistols and two grenades were recovered from the slain ultras, supritendant of police said. Photograph:( Others )

Diphu, Assam, India Sep 23, 2016, 05.10 AM (IST)
At least six ultras of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT), a militant outfit based out of north-eastern Indian state of Assam, were shot dead and an army man was injured during an encounter in Karbi Anglong district today.

Two among the six killed during the raid were top leaders of the organisation, Indian news agency PTI reported. 

A joint team of policemen and army personnel launched the operation at Banipathar area under Bokajan police station, acting on specific operation, superintendent of police Debojit Deuri told  PTI. 

The security forces and militants exchanged fire inside a forest at around 1 am, according to local time, and two top leaders of the underground outfit were suspected to have been killed, he added saying that identifaction process was still on. 

One self-loading rifle, one Insas rifle, three pistols and two grenades were recovered from the slain ultras, the official informed. 

KPLT has been formed with an objective of carving an Autonomous Karbi State (AKS) out of Assam, according to  South Asia Terrorism Portal.

(WION with inputs from PTI)