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4 NDFB terrorists gunned down in Assam

June 20, 2009 13:13 IST
Four cadres of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland were gunned by security forces in two separate 'encounters' in the state early on Friday morning even as the operation against the outfit has been intensified in the state on intelligence inputs about its plan to trigger blasts in different parts of the state.

A security source informed that three NDFB cadres were killed by the Army in an encounter that took place at 0530 hrs, on Friday at Kachuigaon, 20 kilometers away from Gossaigaon town in western Assam's Kokrajhar district. The Army claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of arms from the slain militants.

One more NDFB cadre was killed in a separate gun battle by the Army at Hathigate in Sonitpur district of North Assam at around 0330 hrs on Friday.

The anti-talks faction of the NDFB led by its fugitive commander in chief Ranjan Daimari was accused to have masterminded the October 30 serial blasts in Assam that killed 88 persons and inured over 400. The CBI investigating into the serial blasts already named the NDFB chief Daimary as the prime accused in the case. Daimari is suspected to be taking shelter in Bangladesh. The special Investigation Team of Assam police has so far arrested eight NDFB cadres related to the serial blasts.However, close to 200 cadres of the pro-talks faction of the NDFB which signed truce agreement with government of India over three years back, were now lodged in four designated camps in Assam.
K Anurag in Guwahati