IGP (BTAD) Dr LR Bishnoi has claimed that the strength of the NDFB(S) militant outfit has now being seeing neutralised following strong counter insurgency operation carried out by security forces in the area since after December 23(2014) carnage and operation would be continued.
Bishnoi, on Thursday speaking reporters in Kokrajhar told that police administration have come to successful in its operation with killing of 21 militant outfit cadres, 256 cadres were arrested in the region and recovered huge amounts of arms and explosives. Apart from the NDFB-S, 86 rebels belonging to various groups like Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), Rabha Viper Army (RVA), National Santhal Liberation Army (NSLA), Muslim Protection Tiger Force of Assam (MPTFA) etc were arrested in 2015. He said that there little numbers of NDFB(S) cadres are active with the organisation and they are moving in the several districts like Sonitpur,Udalguri,Baksa,Chirang.G Bidai,leader of the outfit organisation is escaping in Myanmar and some of his associates are hidding in the jungle areas along the Indo-Bhutan border,said Bishnoi.He has told that the CI operations against the militant outfits was intensified in the region after Adivasi masscre in 2014 December and strong operation would be continued in the area,Bishnoi added. He also claimed that jehadi elements trying to gain foothold in Lower Assam districts were nuteralised. He said 30 jehadis elements wee arrested and 22 nos of country made arms recovered in 2015.
He said the wanted NDFB-S leader B. Bidai is in Bhutan hiding in dense jungle along with 20-25 of his associates. He said security are continuing operation against the group and expressed confidence that Bidai would be arrested soon. He however said 4 nos of battalion of the outfit are still active. ‘3rd, 13th, 14th and 16th Bn of the outfit are still active, he said.
It need to be mentioned that during the CI operation in the 2015 last itself police administration able to arrest 185 militant linkmen of which 201 were jailed,recovered 15 nos of AK-56,10 nos of AK-47,two of M-16,one of Insus Riffle,183 Pistols,4910 ammunition,217 grenades,87 Kgs explosives,three nos of IED,two four wheeler,12 bikes,245 mobile handsets,cash 14 lakhs were recovered.