Assam DGP: Over 340 NDFB-S Cadres held in Five Months
Over 340 NDFB(S) militants and their sympathizers have been arrested since the December 23 massacre in Assam, but the group's main leaders in Assam – Bidai and Batha – are making attempts to regroup and set up new bases inside Manas National Park, said Director General of Police Khagen Sarma.
Sarma told the media that 343 arrests have been made in the crackdown launched by security forces since December last, "Of them, 204 are active cadres and others are harbourers and linkmen. Nearly 100 weapons, 164 grenades and 62 kgs of explosives have been seized. Ten militants were also killed in encounters." The DGP added that after security forces busted a key camp of the outfit at Ultapani, leaders like Bidai and Batha are trying to regroup and set up camps inside Manas National Park as they have inputs about their movements,further saying that fifty additional central paramilitary forces and the extra army reinforcements, requisitioned after the December massacre in which over 80 Adivasis were killed, continue be deployed in the State.
Sarma, however, downplayed the attempt by the Northeast outfits to form a joint forum under the banner of United National Liberation Front of West South East Asia (UNLFW). "Sometimes, they (outfits) try to form new groupings,as they had tried it in the past but were not successful. One particular outfit has territorial control of one particular area and even if an operation is carried out by a single outfit, they tend to issue a joint press release under the banner of the forum, to claim responsibility," the DGP said.