GUWAHATI, May 2: The intention of the NDFB(S) to revive and strengthen itself in Sonitpur district of Assam was foiled when a joint team of the troops of Red Horn Division of Gajraj Corps, Assam police and COBRA Battalion busted the outfit’s hide out in the dense forests in Paharpur area on April 30.
According to official sources, a joint operation was launched by the corps, Assam police and COBRA after receiving intelligence inputs of movement of NDFB(S) cadres in the heavily forested area near Paharpur in bordering areas of Assam & Arunachal, on the wee hours of April 29.
A day after, the search parties busted one NDFB(S) hideout in the dense forests in Paharpur area.
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The NDFB(S) cadres managed to escape taking advantage of thick foliage and dense forest, leaving behind large quantity of arms, ammunition, rations and other items to include two rifles, one pistol, fifty rounds and one grenade which were recovered from the hide out.
Reportedly, 3rd Battalion of NDFB(S) is currently active in Sonitpur district of Assam. Movement of NDFB(S) cadres in Sonitpur district is restricted to forested areas along Assam Arunachal Border and cadres are mainly involved in extortion activities.
“Busting of this NDFB(S) hide out has dealt a major blow to the outfits attempt to revive and strengthen itself in the area,” sources said.
NDFB (S) linkman and cache of arms and ammunition recovered in Bangaon
Similarly, based on specific information, troops of Red Horns Division under Gajraj Corps and Baksa Police in joint operation apprehended a NDFB (S) linkman & recovered two AK-56 Rifles two country made rifles and two 9mm Pistol & large cache of ammunition on April 30.
Nirmal Basumatary (33) resident of Baksa district (Assam) was apprehended with Gazimara Rifle and 12 rounds from Village Bangaon near Simla.
Based on input provided by the Nirmal Basumatary, house of one more accomplice namely Ranjan Boro @ Santala Boro resident of Darrangamela, was searched and two AK-56 rifles with four magazines & ten live rounds, one country made rifle, two 9 mm Pistols with 4 magazines and 48 rounds, one 0.303 round and one 7.62mm round were recovered.
Ranjan Boro with his wife is still absconding. Apart from being Linkman to NDFB (S), the group is suspected to be involved in extortion and poaching activities in BTAD & Manas Reserve Forest also.