North East

Cop killed in Ulfa encounter laid to rest

DIBRUGARH/GUWAHATI, May 6: Bhaskar Kalita, a 35-year-old police officer who was killed in the encounter with Ulfa militants in Assam’s Tinsukia district, was laid to rest with full state honours on Saturday.
On Friday, Kalita had led a team of security personnel to raid a house in which a five-member heavily armed Ulfa (I) group had taken shelter. In a telephonic interview to a local news channel, Paresh Baruah, Ulfa (I) commander-in-chief, said Ulfa cadres had not killed Kalita intentionally but had only fired at him in self-defence. He also conveyed his condolences to Kalita’s family.
The slain police officer’s wife, Sangita Kalita, said her husband was preparing to take leave and return home. “He also asked me to get ready and wear the blue dress. But that never happened,” she said. (TNN)