Army and police in a joint operation have apprehended six NDFB (S) militants in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
Acting on an intelligence input about the presence of NDFB (S) militants at Raimana area near Akshaiguri in Ripu Reserve Forest of the district, a team of Army and police launched an operation in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, and managed to nab the six NDFB (S) rebels.
“On receipt of reliable information about presence of NDFB (S) militants in the area of Raimana near Akshaiguri, SIKH LI troops of Red Horns Division laid multiple ambushes.
“The ambush party noticed six individuals moving suspiciously in the area. On being challenged, they attempted to escape taking advantage of the twilight and thick foliage. However, the alert troops swiftly reacted to the situation and exercising utter restraint, nabbed all six of them after a short pursuit,” defence PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said in a statement.
The arrested NDFB (S) rebels have been identified as Bahaigya Basumatary alias Belarwm, Ranjolal Wary alias Gobla alias W Raithab, Rubiram Goyary alias G Rwmwgwmw, Julesh Musharay alias M Jujilang, Sailen Borgoyary alias B Sibithao and Rajesh Narzary alias N Railang.
Bahaigya was the self-styled cultural secretary of the Bodo rebel outfit.
The security team also recovered one M16 Assault Rifle, six 7.65 mm pistols, 12 magazines, ammunition, medicines, rations, along with several other war like and administrative stores.
“On further questioning, the apprehended cadres revealed the location of a temporary camp site close to the spot of apprehension. The troops of Red Horns Division immediately moved to the camp site and conducted a thorough search of the area. This led to the recovery the arms and other documents,” the defence PRO said.
These six militants belong to the handful of NDFB (S) cadres who continue to be active in the forested areas of BTAD and are evading the security forces, he said.
Out of the six cadres apprehended, three belong to Kokrajhar district while three are from Chirang district.
Due to hard living conditions, sustained pressure of security forces and lack of local support, most of the cadres are disillusioned and demoralized, the official added.