Guwahati, Nov 28 (UNI) Dimasa militants shot dead ten people and burnt down six saw mills near Umrangsu in Assam's North Cachar (NC) Hills district late last night.
The killings come as a major jolt as the district autonomous council election process has already commenced.
Just when the peaceful conduct of the first phase of council election on November 26 was bringing back confidence among the people, last night's killings are likely to cast a shadow on the second and last phase on December one.
Police sources today confirmed that eight mill workers were gunned down by the hardline Dima Halom Daogah(Jewel faction), also known as Black Widows, at a place called '14 kilo' near Umrangsu at about 2030 hrs.
Four others were left behind injured. The ultras also set afire the two mills where the victims worked.
In the second incident at 2300 hrs at Longri, about 60 km from Umrangsu, two more mill workers were killed by the Dimasa rebels.
Another four workers were injured and four mills set on fire by the extremists.
Security forces have launched a combing operation to nab the militants.