One NDFB(S) cadre, four linkmen arrested by police in Assam

The police said on Monday that a cadre and four NDFB(S) linkmen had been arrested from Sonitpur and Kokrajhar district.

Guwahati: The police said on Monday that a cadre and four NDFB(S) linkmen had been arrested from Sonitpur and Kokrajhar district.

While the cadre and two linkmen were arrested in Kokrajhar district in the early hours today, two other linkmen were nabbed from Sonitpur last night.

"In Kokrajhar district, three people were arrested from the inter-state border at Srirampur when they were trying to enter West Bengal in a car," Bodoland Territorial Area Districts Inspector General of Police L R Bishnoi told PTI.

The cadre has been identified as Radip Narzary (25), while the linkmen as Banadict Basumatary (31) and Rahidas Narzary, Bishnoi said, adding they were being interrogated.

In Sonitpur district, two linkmen were arrested last night by a joint team of the Army, police and CRPF at Dhekiajuli and Biswanath Chariali.

"The two have been identified as Suklai Basumatary (25) from Batachipur under Dhekiajuli police station and Arun Narzari (26) form Kharaibari under Biswanath Charilai police station," Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parasar said.

"During interrogation, Suklai said that eight persons carried out the Batachipur killings. He also told us the names of two other terrorists involved in the attacks," the SP said.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh today imposed restrictions on civilian movement along the border with Assam following launch of counter-insurgency operations by Army and paramilitary forces against NDFB(S) militants, who massacred over 70 adivasis on December 23.

An official communique said in view of the operations being carried out at the inter-state borders and other parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tanga Byaling has directed the principal home secretary to issue necessary directives to the districts administration to restrict movement of its civilians in the neighbouring state.

The DCs and SPs have been asked not to allow large gatherings to avoid any mishap in view of the tense situation.

Besides, all arm license holders were directed not to carry weapons during their journeys within or outside the state. Hunting in the jungles of the inter-state border with Assam was also banned as the people may be mistaken for militants by the army and the security forces, the order cautioned.

A total of 81 people were killed in NDFB(S) militant attack, retaliatory violence and police firing in the districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Sonitpur. Scores of houses were also set on fire.

With PTI inputs

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