Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh and Assam police forces joined forces to destroy two camps of suspected extremists in a jungle in Pakke-Kessang district’s Seijosa circle on June 15.

The assumption that militants of the newly-formed National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) used these camps was drawn from dummy wooden firearms recovered among several items. 

Such dummies are generally used by militants for training.

The Arunachal police had on June 5 received information from their Assam counterparts about members of the newly-formed National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) having set up a training camp somewhere in a forested area under Seijosa Circle. 

Senior officers of the two police forces, including the SP of Assam’s Biswanath district later discussed the matter at the police headquarters in Itanagar.

A special team headed by state IGP (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa, Special Investigation Team SP Rohit Rajbir Singh and Special Branch SP John Pada was formed under the overall supervision of DGP R P Upadhyaya.

An operation team was subsequently formed with the inclusion of the 3rd Battalion of IRBn and local police after informers confirmed the presence of two camps. The Assam police too formed a team of commandos, rangers and the local police under the leadership of IGP (Law and Order) Deepak Kumar Kedia.

A mixed team of both the states consisting of 320 trained personnel was formed for the special task. Special stops were placed at vulnerable spots and all exit routes in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in case of an exchange of fire with suspected militants trying to flee.

The assault group of 132 personnel reached Goloso Top, the highest point in the area early June 15 morning and a reconnaissance team reached the location of the suspected militants. They found two bamboo camps about 50 metres away by a stream.

The camps were abandoned but their occupants left behind a mobile phone with a SIM card, two dummy wooden weapons, clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, mosquito nets, a 5-litre gallon with fuel, a tractor without registration number, a bicycle and seven wooden planks.

The assault team heard the sound of a chainsaw while destroying the camps but could not find anyone even after an extensive search.

A senior police officer said the dummy wooden weapons pointed to the presence of militants who could have been operating in the garb of loggers. 

The possibility of subversive operations planned by the militants was also not ruled out.

After this joint operation, the police officials of the two states agreed to coordinate drives along the border against underground groups, anti-social elements, illegal loggers and poachers.

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