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Assam killings: Top NDFB(S) militant nabbed

Self-styled 2nd Lieutenant Enon Bargoyary alias Erkhang, Chief Recruiting Officer of NDFB(S), and self-styled platoon commander of Amteka area, Rinen Basumatary alias Majhi were apprehended by joint team of army troops of Red Horn Division and Assam Police along the jungles of Assam-Bhutan Border, in Chirang District.

Enon is also the militant group's Central Committee Member, army sources said.

A senior army officer described him as number 3 in hierarchy within the militant organisation. Enon was allegedly involved in recruiting and motivating NDFB(S) terrorists, including women cadres, and sending them to various camps outside the country, the sources said.

“Enon was very close to outfits SS chairman IK Songbijit, SS Army chief G Bedai and Dy Army chief Batha. Enon is believed to be the brain behind the killing of Adivasis on December 14 in Kokrajhar District,” the sources added.

Another key NDFB(S) member apprehended is Rinen of the outfit's 20th batch trained in Bhutan, who surrendered after Operation All Clear in 2003 but rejoined the group two years back.

Four weapons—two AK rifles and two pistols—and large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the apprehended persons, the sources said.

The army has been carrying out operations in difficult and inaccessible forested areas of Kokrajhar and Chirang Districts which has forced NDFB(S) terrorists to flee from their safe hideouts and move to more vulnerable areas, where they are being apprehended or neutralised by the security forces.

IGP LR Bishnoi told a news agency in Guwahati that the security forces had launched the operation last night and arrested the eight in Amteka jungle area.

Besides the rifles and 219 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade was also seized from the militants, he said.

Over 70 Adivasis were killed in Kokrajhar, Sintpur and Chirang districts on December 23, last year.
Altogether 12 NDFB-S insurgents, including a 'deputy commandant' and its central council member, were apprehended along with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition during a joint operation by police, SSB and CRPF, army sources said.

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