Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), which recently attacked a Hindi-speaking family in Tinsukia district of Assam, was originally planning to attack Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, latest reports said.

Rajnath Singh, along with some BJP leaders, had recently paid a visit to the north-eastern state and according to The Assam Tribune, a group of ULFA(I) militants entered the State from Myanmar with the intention to attack them. However, they failed due to the high security measures and instead decided to attack the family.

ULFA-I had earlier demanded extortion from the family, which it refused to pay, reports said. Hence, they attacked the family, leading to the death of Nandlal Shah and his 14-year-old daughter. Three others were seriously injured in the incident.

Four militants in the disguise of security personnel, who came on motorcycles, had fired indiscriminately at the family.

Following the attack, security forces conducted an operation in which one ULFA-I cadre was arrested and some arms and ammunition were seized.

Assam is on a high alert as it is under the threat of terror attacks ahead of the Independence Day. Multiple militant outfits have been reportedly active around and are planning a big attack.

Nevertheless, security forces and the home ministry have said that they are ready to combat any kind of terror attack.