The NDFB(S) which had carried out five simultaneous attacks on Adivasi villages on December 23 leaving over 80 people dead suffered a major blow today with security forces arresting 12 top cadres, who included one central committee member, one deputy commandant and one platoon commander of the outfit.
Today’s arrests were made following a three-day long operation by the Assam Police, CRPF and SSB in forests adjoining Manas National Park in Chirang district of western Assam adjoining the borders with Bhutan. It was only yesterday that security forces had killed one platoon commander of the NDFB(S) in the adjoining Kokrajhar district and arrested two others.
“With today’s arrests, altogether 39 cadres of the NDB(S) have been arrested while one was killed in an encounter in connection with the five simultaneous attacks by the outfit on December 23,” LR Bishnoi, IGP for the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) region said.
Giving details, IGP Bishnoi said while a joint operation was launched in the Manas National Park area in Chirang district on Friday evening, which ended today with the 12 arrests. The most important catch today was one N Pwlerswa, a central committee member of the NDFB(S). Others included B Simang, deputy commandant of the outfit’s dreaded 13th Battalion, 2nd Lt G Rwmwilu, Sergeant Major B Jakrwp, (Both carrying cash rewards of Rs 5 lakh each), Sergeant Major N Saya, and sector commandants B Aorwai and Khwirwim Dwirwim.
Security forces have in the past two weeks also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the arrested and neutralised NDFB(S) cadres. The list includes 15 rifles (including 10 of the AK series), 12 pistols, 25 grenades, 8 KG explosives and 1285 rounds of live ammunition, IGP Bishnoi said.