Guwahati: ULFA's anti-talk faction has called for shutdown in Assam on Monday to protest against the killing of three people in a staged gun battle on Nov 14.

Security forces in Majuli Island in Jorhat had on Thursday killed three people and injured two during an anti-insurgency operation. Police said one of the deceased was an Ulfa militant while the two others were civilians, who died in the crossfire.

The two injured people were also civilians, they said. Police also said they recovered a pistol and live ammunition from the slain militant. But the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) faction led by Paresh Baruah said all the people killed in the staged gun battle were civilians.

"The three people killed in Majuli on Thursday were not ULFA cadre but innocent civilians," said a statement by Aranya Asom, a member of the ULFA's publicity wing.

The statement said the Nov 19 shutdown would be in effect in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsagar and Tinsukia districts.

(Agencies)

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