Guwahati: In a major breakthrough, Indian Army supported by Assam police apprehended six hardcore NDFB-S militants from the Ripu reserve forest of Kokrajhar district on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.
The team acted on the basis of reliable information about the presence of NDFB-S militants in the area of Raimana near Akshaiguri. While conducting the raid, troops from the Sikh Light Infantry regiment of the Red Horns division noticed six individuals moving suspiciously in the area around 3.30 am on Tuesday.
On being challenged, they attempted to escape, however, after a short pursuit, the troops nabbed all six of them, informed a press release.
They were identified as Bahaigya Basumatary alias Belarwm, self-styled cultural secretary and deputy finance secretary; Ranjolal Wary alias Gobla alias W Raithab; Rubiram Goyary alias G Rwmwgwmw; Julesh Musharay alias M Jujilang; Sailen Borgoyary alias B Sibithao and Rajesh Narzary alias N Railang. They were all trained in Myanmar, said reports.
Of the six rebels, three belong to Kokrajhar district while the other three are from Chirang district.
On questioning, the arrested rebels revealed the location of a temporary campsite close to the spot of apprehension. The troops immediately moved to the campsite and conducted a thorough search in which they recovered one M16 assault rifle, six 7.65 mm factory-made pistols, twelve magazines, ammunition, medicines, rations, along with several other warlike and administrative stores.
Sporadic inputs about the presence of this group were being received from reliable sources of the Army for approximately three months. The six militants belonged to the handful of NDFB-S rebels who continue to be active in the forested areas of BTAD and are evading the security forces, said reports.