The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday named four NDFB(S) rebels in its chargesheet filed before the special NIA court in Assam, holding them responsible for the attack on Adivasi villages on December 23, 2014.
The attack had not only left 30 people dead, but had also triggered more violence in the state’s four Bodoland districts, leading to as many as 75 deaths in a week.
The four named in the chargesheet were Ajay Basumatary alias Birkhang Basumataray alias B Buhum, Dilip Basumatary alias Birbhai alias B Birbaisha alias Lambu, Khamrei Baasumatary alias B Udla and Nitul Daimary alias D Naihab.
They have been booked under Sections 120B, 118, 302 and 307 of the IPC, Sections 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 25(1A) of the Arms Act.
While Ajay Basumatary was the self-styled commanding officer of the NDFB(S)’s 3rd Battalion, Nitul Daimary was his deputy, the NIA chargsheet said. Dilip Basumatary and Khamrei Basumatary, on the other hand, were self-styled assistant foreign secretary and second lieutenant respectively, it said.
A group of NDFB(S) militants, led by these four, attacked Sonajuli, a village inhabited by the Adivasi/Santhal community in Biswanatah Chariali police station area of Sonitpur district. The attack left 30 people dead and many others injured.
The NIA had on July 3 filed another chargesheet in the special NIA court, pertaining to another simultaneous incident related to the same violence. In the chargesheet, it had named 10 NDSB(S) militants responsible for the killing of five Adivasi persons in Pakiriguri village in Kokrajhar’s Serfanguri police station area.