Amid the ongoing killings of “Hindi-speaking people” by the NDFB (S) militants, Assam Police on Monday announced cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of 15 top leaders of the outfit.
A police spokesperson said Rs 10 lakh each would be given for information on NDFB(S) chairman and self-styled commander-in-chief Sangbijit Ingti Kathar, general secretary B Saoraigwra, military secretary C Rwikha and spokesperson Ranjit Basumatary.
For 11 others, the reward is Rs 5 lakh each. They are deputy army chief G Bidai, eastern command commandant B Birbaisa, western command commandant Binod Mushahary, West Bengal command commandant B Rwimwilu, central command deputy commandant B Birlangbai, Dhubri deputy commandant B Rongjabaja, Rangapara platoon commander Jaydroth Basumatary and senior cadres Naihab, B Mwnhang, Jwblang and Gobinda Rabha.
Sangbijit is a Karbi by birth and hails from Chelaikhati village of Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district. Meanwhile, the Army, para-military and police launched a joint operation against the NDFB faction that has killed eight people — mostly Hindi-speaking — in the past four days.
In Chirang district, NDFB(S) cadres opened fire at a joint operation team of security forces leading to an exchange. There was, however, no casualty. State Home Secretary G D Tripathi said a group of security personnel deployed in Chirang district came under attack from a group of NDFB(S) cadres who fired from a jungle. The forces retaliated, leading to an exchange for about an hour. The militants, however, escaped.
The normal life was paralysed in the state by two bandhs — the 24-hour bandh in Bodo districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri called by All Bodoland Minority Students Union (ABMSU) to protest the recent killings by NDFB(S) militants, and a 12-hour bandh called by Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha protesting the murder of its Nagaon district general secretary Niranjan Patra by suspected militants of the National Socialist Council for Adivasis in upper Assam districts.
Supporters of both bandhs were involved in stone-pelting on vehicles on NH31 in western Assam and NH37 in upper Assam, while vehicular traffic was disrupted in ten districts. In Rangiya in Kamrup district, ABMSU supporters set fire to a car in which two boys were going to school. The boys and their mother escaped without major injuries.
There was no public transport between Guwahati and most districts. Bandh supporters also tried to disrupt train services.
Budget earmarked Rs 3.40 crore for the Nirbhaya Fund, to be used for the upkeep of security of women.