Police have recovered bodies of all the four persons who were abducted by suspected NDFB(S) militants even as curfew continued in two police station areas of Assam’s Baksa district for the second day on Sunday. The Army has been kept on stand-by as tension mounted following the recovery of bodies. While one body was found on Saturday, bullet-riddled bodies of the remaining three persons were recovered from near Beki river on Sunday. Baksa is among four districts that comprise the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Assam Home Commissioner G D Tripathi said operations were on to nab the culprits who had abducted seven persons — all small-time traders from adjoining Barpeta — who had gone to Samthaibari in Baksa on Friday to collect lemons from farmers. While three of them managed to escape, militants gunned down four of them. Three of the four were from the same family.
Police had to resort to lathi-charge when a mob tried to prevent police from taking the bodies for post-mortem. A police sub-inspector was injured and eight persons were detained.
“Intelligence inputs have shown that the incident is the handiwork of the NDFB(S) and has been done with a view to divert the attention of security forces which have been successfully conducting counter-insurgency operations against this group,” state Home Department said.
Meanwhile, a trader was gunned down at Rowta in Udalguri late Saturday. Police suspect NDFB(S) behind it.