As many as eight militant groups are “active” in Assam and Harkaut-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) are two such organizations prominent among them. The JMB at present has at least 20 active members in the state.
Revealing this in the state assembly’s on-going brief winter session, state Forest Minister Rakibul Hussain said the police have so far arrested ten JMB members following the Burdwan blast in West Bengal. Those arrested included Sahanur Alom, a top-level JMB member who was very close to the Bangladeshi terrorist group’s top leadership. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for information leading to Alom’s arrest.
Hussain, who was replying on behalf of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, also gave a break-down of cadre strength of the other seven outfits. They are anti-talk ULFA (240), NDFB-S (270), KPLT (40), KLO (40), HuM (40), Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (140) and CPI-Maoist (30).
The minister also revealed that 13 other militant groups were currently in a ceasefire mode after having signed Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreements with the government, and that the Assam government has spent over Rs 9 crore on account of maintaining 3930 cadres of these groups in a number of designated camps. He also a group-wise break-down of militant cadres in designated camps, some of which are as follows: ULFA (549), 579 NDFB-R (579), KLNLF (288), Adivasi Cobra Military of Assam (453), Birsa Commando Force (300) and Santhal Tiger Force (134).