ACHR condemns killing of 18 civilians in Assam by NDFB

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has strongly condemned the killing of 18 civilians and injuring of nine others in separate attacks allegedly by the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in Assam on 8 November 2010 in retaliation against the killing of an NDFB cadre by the security forces in an alleged fake encounter as blatant violations of the laws of war and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“Even if the allegation of the fake encounter of the NDFB was true, the killing of innocent civilians by the armed opposition groups cannot be justified.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“The deliberate and cold blooded killings of innocent civilians by the NDFB cadres are in direct contravention of the international humanitarian law including the Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention that prohibits the armed opposition groups from killing, torturing or maiming civilians and non-combatants.” – further stated Mr Chakma.

ACHR urged the NDFB to respect international humanitarian law and desist from killing of any civilian.

ACHR also urged the security forces to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

ACHR further urged the NDFB and the government of Assam and government of India to find a negotiated settlement to the disputes.

Background:

On 1 November 2010 the NDFB had threatened to kill at least 20 people irrespective of security personnel and civilians if one Bodo is killed by the security forces.

One NDFB cadre was killed by the paramilitary forces at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district of Assam in the early hours of 8 November 2010. Thereafter, the NDFB began to target civilians. All the victims were killed either in indiscriminate firing or after capturing them by the NDFB militants.

In the afternoon hours, the NDBF cadres stopped a private bus at Doimara on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border and killed eight Arunachal Pradesh government employees after selecting them from amongst the passengers. At about 6 pm, five members of a barber’s family were shot dead and two others were injured at Belseri near Dhekiajuli railway station.

At around 7.40 pm one person identified as Mohan Das was shot dead and two others were injured at Kerkarkuchi under Rangia police station while a woman identified as Malik Mondal was killed and three others were injured near Dhekiajuli. The NDFB cadres also killed a Hindi-speaking person and injured two others at Khampobari under Mazbat police station in Udalguri district at about 8.30 pm and two more persons identified as Ruplam Limbo and Kishan Keri were killed by suspected NDFB cadres at Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong district.

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