January 27, 2015 5:32:57 pm
The Bangalore police have arrested a 29-year-old, suspected Bodo militant, Sanju Bordoloi alias Sibigiri, who is allegedly involved in a recent killing of six tribals in Assam. Bangalore city police commissioner MN Reddi said that the arrested person was an organising secretary of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland – Songbo (NDFB-S) organisation, which has been banned by the Government of India.
He was apprehended by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) from a house in south-east Bangalore. The search and arrest of Bordoloi took place on the basis of a look-out notice issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for an attack at the Santipur Village at Sonitpur in Assam. According to police sources the NFB militant came to Bangalore on January 21st and managed to procure a cell phone and an unverified SIM card issued by a private mobile service providers in the name of Sanju Boroloi. “Tracing the accused person was a challenge since the SIM card was issued against a fake name, address and no verification was done prior to issuance of the SIM,” a police officer said.
He eventually took officials to a rented house in Neeladri Nagar, Electronic City and was apprehended. Sibigiri confessed that that he was recruited in 2009 in the 33rd batch of the banned NDFB-S and had undergone training in Bangladesh. He was assigned to the jungle areas in the north east region.
However following the December killings he fled from Assam on January 19th and reached Bangalore on Jan 21 to evade arrest. “The Assam police and NIA will be landing in Bangalore to take him into their custody. We are waiting for Assam police to collect more information about the accused person,” MN Reddi said.
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Vodafone booked: Police commissioner MN Reddi said that the police had taken up a criminal case against mobile service provider Vodafone for allegedly providing pre-activated sim cards to Sibigiri.
The police found a Nokia mobile phone black color, model 107 dual with a Vodafone Karnataka SIM card no 9xxxxxxxx5 and a PAN card in the name of ‘Sanju Bordoloi’ with the accused person. The SIM card in posession was registered in a fake name and address and it was pre-activated before sale and no verification was done.
“We have taken up a case against Vodafone and investigations are on,” MN Reddi said.
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