Dinga alias Libian Basumatary, a National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militant who was arrested in Kozhikode in Kerala on Tuesday, was on the Assam Police “wanted” list since the Kokrajhar riots of 2012.
A senior Assam Police official said Basumatary (38) had evaded arrest for over three years and was working as a head-load worker in a shop selling construction material in Kakkodi, a village on the outskirts of Kozhikode, when he was arrested. Police in Thiruvananthapuram said Basumatary had arrived in Kozhikode about a month ago. The shop where he worked had a few other migrant workers from Assam as well.
“He was last known as a district-level organising secretary of the NDFB. But his exact position and faction is not clear as of now,” an Assam Police officer said.
“We will be able to find out what he was doing in the past three years only after we get him back to Kokrajhar,” an officer said. Kerala Police confirmed his identity after contacting the Assam Police. Basumatary was produced before a local court in Kozhikode on Tuesday and the Assam Police will soon seek a transit remand to shift him to Kokrajhar.
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