NEW DELHI, India, Jan. 9: Reuter: Two officials of India’s ruling party were ambushed and killed in Assam state yesterday, the Press Trust of India said today.
The news agency said the killers opened up with automatic weapons at Rajiv Rajkhowa, a Congress (I) youth leader, and Ranjit Baruah, a local party chief, after ambushing their car in the town of Jorhat.
The agency did not say who was thought responsible. But an underground group called the United Liberation Front of Assam has been operating in the region, campaigning for a separate Marxist state in Assam.
Congress (I) lost power in the northeastern state in December, 1985, to a regional group spearheading a six year campaign against illegal settlers from neighboring Bangladesh.