Assam Police To Launch Combing Operation Against NDFB Militants:
After many recent cases of kidnapping and extortion, a combing operation will be launched by the specially trained commandos of Indian army, CRPF, BSF, SSB and Assam police against militants. The target area for the operation is the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) and bordering areas of Bhutan, officials said.
During a press conference held at Guwahati on Saturday, Assam police ADGP RM Singh said the combing operation will be launched soon against the militant groups.
“The decision had taken during a meeting held recently and approached to the Bhutan government to give support during the operation,” the top police official said.
“All efforts have been taken to reduce extortion, kidnapping cases in BTAD area,” the official said.
The Bodoland Territorial Area District has been subjected to a lot of militant action in 2014.
Assam police IGP Dr LR Bisnoi said at least 40 militants were killed and 175 others arrested in BTAD area in this year so far.
“Security forces recovered 16 AK series rifles, 121 pistols and revolvers, and 2006 rounds of ammunition from militants. This year NDFB militants killed at least 72 civilans and injured 40 others in four districts of BTAD,” Dr Bisnoi said.
He also said at least 774 civilians were killed in ethnic violence in the BTAD area since 1993.