Miscreants attack Dimasa villager, houses torched in Cachar

As the ongoing ethnic clash between Dimasa and Zeme Naga community in Assam's North Cachar Hills district continued unabated, suspected miscreants today attacked a Dimasa- dominated village in neighbouring Cachar district, killing one, injuring three and torching 25 houses.
They also kidnapped two others during the raid.
Police said at 1100 hrs a group of armed miscreants raided Sonapur village near Harinagar under Lakhipur police station in Assam's Cachar district and set a number of houses on fire. When the scared villagers started fleeing, the miscreants started indiscriminate firing from automatic weapons, in which one Dimasa villager was killed and three were injured.
The miscreants kidnapped two others at the time of leaving the place. Soon after the incident a contingent of police and para-military forces, led by Superintendent of Police (Cachar) Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan, rushed to the place, 45-km from here, and started operation to nab the miscreants.
Police were yet to confirm the actual number of houses torched in the attack.
It was suspected that Zeme Naga miscreants were behind today's attack.
With this the toll in the ongoing ethnic clash between Dimasa and Zeme Naga tribes that started since March 19 this year rose to 66.
While more than 500 houses were torched, 12,000 people took shelter in different relief camps.
Earlier also Cachar district felt the heat of ethnic clash as on June 9 suspected Naga militants attacked Lower Lodhi village and set ablaze 32 houses belonging to Dimasas. Nearly 1000 Dimasa villagers had been living in relief camps in Cachar's Jaypur-Shivasthan area, officials said.