Militant involved in Assam attacks gunned down

Written by | January 10, 2015 | 0

Guwahati: A militant involved in the December 23 massacre in Assam’s Kokrajhar district was gunned down by security forces on Saturday, a day after police arrested seven Bodo insurgents including two involved in the killings.

The slain militant was identified as Jeblang alias Jagat Basumatary, the platoon commander of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Kokrajhar district, L.R. Bishnoi, Inspector-General of Police (BTAD), said.

“As part of the intensified operation [against militants], a joint team of Assam Police and Sashastra Seema Bal today [Saturday] gunned down Jablang [in] a remote area near Serfanguri around 2pm,” he said. “Jeblang was involved in the killing of civilians in Pakriguri on December 23. He was also involved in the killing of five Hindi-speaking people in Kokrajhar district last year.”

Police recovered an AK-56 rifle, 22 rounds of ammunition, two grenades and incriminating documents from his possession.

Another police official said Jablang was also involved in the sensational killing of a 16-year-old girl in August last year. The victim, Priya Basumatary, was slain in front of her parents and villagers after she was accused of being a spy.

The NDFB murdered over 70 people in five locations across three districts on December 23. The violence also displaced over 200,000 people in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri — part of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

Police Friday arrested seven NDFB militants from Kokrajhar district and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Two of the arrested — Mithinga and Khurai — were involved in the killings in Kokrajhar two days before Christmas.

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