The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over four cases related to the recent killing of more than 80 tribals by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) militants in two districts of Assam.
Complying with a Ministry of Home Affairs order dated December 27, the NIA’s Guwahati branch office on December 30 registered four cases arising out of FIRs registered at Dhekiajuli and Bishwanath Chariali police stations in Sonitpur district on December 24 and 25 respectively, and at Kokrajhar police station on December 25.
The Assam government in a letter dated December 26 had recommended that the investigation of these cases may be handed over to the NIA.
A press release issued by the MHA the following day stated that considering the gravity of the offences and relevant factors, the central government is of the opinion that these attacks are scheduled offences under the NIA Act, 2008 and should be probed by it.
During his visit to Assam following the attacks, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the NIA will probe the NDFB (S) attack cases.
More than 80 people, many of them children and women, were killed in simultaneous attack in four villages by heavily armed NDFB(S) militants on December 23 in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur.