KOKRAJHAR/GOSSAIAGON: In a major breakthrough, the joint team of Sikh Light regiment of the Army and Assam Police apprehended six hardcore members of the anti-talks National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-Saoraigwra) faction from Ripu Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar district on Tuesday morning.
Highly placed sources from the Army said that the Indian Army, supported by Assam Police, while conducting operation against the NDFB(S) militants in Ripu Reserve Forest of Kokrajhar district, successfully apprehended six hardcore militants. Sources said that upon getting information about the presence of NDFB (S) militants in Raimana area near Akshiguri, the troops of Red Horns Division noticed six individuals moving suspiciously in the area around 3:30 am.
On being challenged, they tried to flee taking advantage of darkness and thick foliage. However, the alert troops swiftly reacted to the situation and exercising utter restraint, nabbed six of them after a short pursuit.
During the interrogation, the six individuals admitted that they were Myanmar-trained hardcore cadres of the NDFB (S). They were identified as Bhaigya Basumatary alias Belarwm, self-styled cultural secretary and deputy finance secretary of the 39th batch; Ranjolal Wary alias Gobla aliasW. Raithab of 42nd batch; Rabiram Goyary alias G. Rwmwgwmw of 40th batch; Julesh Musharay alias M. Jujilang of 42nd batch; Sailen Borgoyary alias B. Sibithao of 42nd batch and Rajesh Narzary alias N. Railang of the 42nd batch.
On further questioning, the apprehended cadres revealed the location of a temporary camp close to the spot of apprehension. The troops of the Red Horns Division immediately moved to the camp site and conducted a thorough search. This led to the recovery of one M-16 assault rifle, six 7.65 mm factory-made pistols, 12 magazines, ammunitions, medicines, and rations, along with several other war-like and administrative stores.
Sources said sporadic inputs about presence of this group were being received from reliable sources of the Army for approximately three months. These six militants were active in the forest areas of BTC (Bodoland Territorial Council). Of the six cadres apprehended, three belong to Kokrajhar district while three are from Chirang district, the Army sources said, adding that the NDFB(S) activities in Kokrajhar district have suffered a major setback.
Due to hard living conditions, sustained pressure of security forces and lack of local support, most of the cadres are disillusioned and demoralized, sources said. The security forces further said they would continue to exert pressure through sustained operations till all militants of NDFB (S) are neutralized.