Two dreaded NDFB-Songbijit militant leaders responsible for the massacres of Adivasis have been arrested along with four of their associates and a large quantity of arms seized from their possession, a senior police officer said on Friday.
Scores of vehicles remained stranded as hundreds of tribal men and women armed with bows, arrows and other traditional weapons on Wednesday blocked National Highway (NH) 31 in the district to protest the killings of Adivasis by Bodo militants in Assam.
The dawn-to-dusk Jharkhand bandh called by Adivasi Sengel (Empowerment) Abhiyan (ASA) today in protest against the killing of tribals by Bodo militants in Assam, passed peacefully here even as normal life remained unaffected by it.
The situation in violence-hit lower Assam districts is improving with no fresh incidents being reported since Friday even as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said confidence-building measures were needed in the wake of death of 81 people following NDFB(S) militant attack.
An apex national body of the adivasis on Thursday put up road blockade in West Midnapore district in protest against the massacre of 65 adivasis in Assam by the militants of the anti-talks NDFB(S) yesterday.
The government in West Bengal is making necessary arrangements to render help to adivasis coming to the state from Assam for shelter, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said expressing deep sadness over their mass killing.
Tribal Organisations here on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of innocent Adivasis in Assam by suspected Bodo militants and demanded immediate steps to accord the tribals Schedule Tribe status.
Amnesty International has submitted a petition to the Chhattisgarh chief minister urging him to drop all charges against tribal activists Soni Sori and her nephew Lingaram Kodopi and release them "immediately and unconditionally".