GUWAHATI: Based on specific intelligence, the Indian Army in the wee hours of Sunday morning launched a series of joint operations with the Assam Police in Kokrajhar, in which they neutralised three top cadres of the outlawed group National Democratic Front of Bodoland(Songbijit).
During the course of the operation the troops noticed suspected persons moving through the dense jungles, on being challenged these persons opened indiscriminate fire on the troops.
The Army team retaliated with controlled fire and in the ensuing fire fight, three militants got neutralised. Two of the killed militants have been identified as Rahul Basumatari and Ritu Basumatari.
Four Pistols, a large quantity of ammunition, hand grenades and other war like stores have been recovered from the slain militants.
The neutralisation of these militants has come as a major setback for the group, as it is already reeling under the pressure due to the relentless CI/CT operations launched against them by the Army in conjunction with other security forces.