Guwahati: An insurgent of banned ULFA (I) was killed during an encounter with a joint police and army team on Friday at Kakopathar in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.
The slain rebel has been identified as Gyan Asom, police said.
He died following a fierce gunbattle between a six-member team of ULFA (I) rebels and personnel of the Indian Army at Kakopathar.
Security forces launched an operation acting on specific input that a six-member ULFA (I) team was taking shelter in a house at Dapather Majgaon village under Kakopathar police station in the district.
The ULFA-I team was led by the commander of the banned outfit Rupom Asom. The ULFA (I) team also comprised Rinku Asom, Mriganka Asom and Uday Asom besides Gyan Asom, police added.
The encounter took place amid reports that ULFA l chairman Paresh Barua is returning to a peace process.