Three leaders of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) were arrested in Kohima Wednesday by the National Investigation Agency in connection with the December 23 violence in Assam, which claimed over 80 lives.
According to an NIA source, the three accused were nabbed while they were preparing to slip into Myanmar. They are being brought to Guwahati to be produced before a special NIA court.
The three arrested militants were identified as Ajoi Basumatary alias B Buhum, Khamrei Basumatary alias Udla and Dilip Basumatary alias Bir Baisa alias Lambu.
“They will be grilled on the motive behind the violence in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts. One reason being probed is that the attacks were politically motivated, since the Bodoland Territorial Council election is slated for April 2015 and the Bodos are worried about losing political clout,” said an NIA source.
Over 80 militants have been apprehended since the December 23 Assam killings, while one top leader has been killed in an encounter. The police say that most remaining leaders have now fled to other states, or countries.
“Operations have forced the NDFB(S) militants to seek shelter outside the state. While we suspect that they initially took refuge in Arunachal and Bhutan, the latest arrests prove they are also running in small groups to other states,” Khagen Sarma, Assam DGP, said.