New Delhi: A report on Monday claimed that 72 hours prior to the attack in which suspected ULFA militants killed five people, the DGP, Special Branch (Assam) had warned senior officials of the possibility of an attack. According to DNA, the DGP had shot off a letter on October 29. (Also read: Assam Govt Hands Over Rs 5 Lakh to Kin of Deceased)

The letter, a copy of which is reportedly with DNA, states that statements made by ULFA (Independent) and ULFA (pro-talks) regarding the NRC, had frustrated Bengalis in Assam. These posts were communal in nature and could lead to a volatile situation, the letter said. “The situation may result in clashes between Assamese and Bengalis in the state and ULFA may resort to attacking vulnerable Bengali pockets in the state,” it added.

The letter had asked the police to use the intelligence input to tackle the situation. However, since five people still lost their lives the police’s response to the input is being questioned. One person was injured as well after suspected ULFA-I opened fire at them in Assam’s Sadiya, in Tinsukia district. The six youths, who were sitting at a shop in the area, were taken to the banks of the Brahmaputra where they were told to sit in a line and shot. Sources told the daily that victims were Bengalis and the ULFA-I action was in response to the rift between Bengalis and the Assamese people following the Centre’s implementation of the NRC in the state.

Meanwhile, a suspected ULFA-I linkman has been held for his possible connection with the killing.  He was being interrogated to ascertain his involvement in the incident, Assam Police Additional Director General (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal said.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the attack and has asked ministers Keshab Mahanta and Tapan Gogoi, DGP Kuladhar Saikia and ADGP Mukesh Agarwalla to rush to the spot and take stock of the situation.