In a major breakthrough, the Army and Assam Police apprehended six hardcore insurgents belonging to Saoraigwra faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) in Assam.
The rebels were apprehended inside the Ripu Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar district on the night of September 30th, 2019. Guwahati-based PRO (Defence) Lt Col P Khongsai said that the joint teams of the Army and the police laid multiple ambushes based on intelligence inputs about the presence of militants at Raimana near Akshaiguri in Kokrajhar district.
“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 said.
The apprehended Myanmar-trained cadres have been identified as: Bahaigya Basumatary alias Belarwm, outfit’s cultural and finance secretary, 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.
Based on the accounts of the nabbed rebels, the personnel searched a hideout nearby and recovered arms and ammunition. Defence PRO informed that of the six apprehended, three belong to Kokrajhar district while the three others are from Chirang district of Lower Assam. The security forces recovered one M16 Assault Rifle, six 7.65 mm pistols, twelve magazines, ammunition, medicines, rations, along with several other warlike and administrative stores from their possessions.
“The apprehension of this group is a major setback to NDFB-S activities in Kokrajhar district. Due to hard living conditions, sustained pressure of security forces and lack of local support, most of the cadres are disillusioned and demoralized,” Defence PRO said.