GUWAHATI: Assam Police, in joint operations with the Army, apprehended two National Democratic Front of Boroland (Saoraigwra) militants in two separate operations in lower Assam's Chirang and Dhubri districts on Saturday. During the operation, police have seized arms and ammunition from them.
In Chirang, one Raju Brahma was nabbed from the Daimuguri area under Panbari police station, a few meters away from the Indo-Bhutan border. In Dhubri, another wanted militant from the outfit, Sunilal Boro, aka Tiger, was nabbed in Bilasipara.
Dhubri superintendent of police Yuvraj Singh said, "Sunilal was wanted for a long time. A 7.65mm pistol and five bullets were seized from his possession. Police have taken him in custody for further interrogation." Sources added that Sunilal was possibly involved in poaching activities as well.
Chirang Police also seized a pistol with 10 rounds of bullets and a hand grenade from Raju. "The apprehension was the result of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the Indo-Bhutan border areas in the district. The militants have no way out with strict border surveillance and strategic operations. With food sources cut off by the security forces, the cadres were forced to make movements leading to their arrest," said a senior cop in Chirang.
Last month, in a joint operation by the Chirang Police, SSB and the Army, a 'secret' stock of arms and explosives buried underground inside the Panbari Reserve Forest was unearthed. Police dug out at least 20 arms, over 100 rounds of ammunition and 17 kilos of explosives from a location inside the dense forest.