Guwahati, May 8 : On Thursday night, Assam Security forces attacked a major NDFB(S) hideout in the Kokrajhar district of Assam, and one of their militants was killed during the encounter, police said.
The slain militant was identified as Busha Brahma alias Bushum.
Based on intelligence received, the army, Assam Police and SSB launched a joint operation led by BTAD IGP Dr LR Bisnoi in the jungle area of West Leupani Nala in Chirang Reserve Forest, three km from Ultapani village in Kokrajhar district.
Dr LR Bisnoi said “It is suspected that some top leaders of NDFB(S) who were in charge of Adivasis massacre on Dec 23 last year, were in the group with whom contact was established.”
After the encounter, security forces recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the area around the hideout. The weapons recovered included one factory made 7.65mm Pistol, one country made Rifle, 200 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 14 grenades, 150 Kg of rations, a large number of blankets and other war like stores from the hideout area.
On the same day, near Chidareth Village under Mendipathar Police Station in the North Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, a top Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) leader was killed by security forces, in a gun fight.
The dead GNLA commander was identified as Lieutenant Sanjay alias Gobat, a resident of Ring Ring under Mendipathar Police Station in the North Garo Hills District.
Gajraj Military Intelligence provided a tip that lead to the joint operation.
A defence spokesman based in Guwahati said Sanjay had terrorized the innocent civil population with his acts of senseless violence and high demands for extortion.
“The operatives of Gajraj Military Intelligence were tracking the terrorist since a considerable time and on confirmation of his presence in the area got the successful operation launched leading to decimation of the dreaded terrorist,” the defence spokesman said.
Security forces recovered a 7.62mm Pistol and a large quantity of ammunition from the deceased terrorist.
In another joint operation, information received from Eastern Command Intelligence lead to the army and police to arrest an NDFB (S) militant in the Chhaygaon area on Friday.
The militant was identified as Bisonjit Mushahary alias Tarjan. Ten AK-47 ammunition rounds (7.62mm), one 7.65Mm round, one 7.65mm pistol magazine, three detonators, one safety fuze wire, one mobile phone, one SIM card and a personal diary were recovered.