Eleven NDFB(S) militants, who had massacred 81 persons on December 23 last, were on Monday apprehended and a large quantity of arms and ammunition recovered from them in a joint police and army operation in Chirang district of Assam, official sources said.
The militants of the NDFB(S), including an IED expert, were nabbed from Panbari Forest area, IGP L R Bishnoi said.
The apprehended insurgents include Deven Goyari, Hokom Boro, Upendra Nath, Raton Bengali, Namal Basumatary, Sanjay Goyari, Ulla Basumatary, Raju Boro, Konin Basumatary, Prakash Narzary alias Gahen and Ranjan Basumatary alias Kipihungla, Bishnoi said.
The recovered arms and ammunition include two improvised explosive devices (IED), nine detonators, two 7.65 mm pistols, ten rounds of 7.65 mm ammunition, five rounds of 7.62 mm pistol ammunition and a packet of ball bearings, he said.
Goyari is an important cadre of the outfit and an IED expert who had made an unsuccessful attempt to plant a bomb against the army in December last year, defence sources said.
The other major catches are Raton Bengali who was involved in providing information and other assistance to the underground outfit leading to the December 23 last carnage and Prakash Narzary alias Gahen, a locally trained cadre who is active since 2012.
Based on intelligence provided by Gajraj Intelligence Unit, troops of Army’s Red Horn Division with the police nabbed the 11 ultras giving a blow to the subversive activities of the insurgent group as they depend heavily on the local cadre to provide them with all the necessary assistance to execute their insurgency activities, the sources said.
After the National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit carried out the December 23 attack, the police and army have been carrying out operations in inaccessible forest areas of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.
On January 17 a hardcore militant and a major linkman were apprehended with explosives during two army operations.