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Six rebels arrested in Bodo belt

Kokrajhar, Oct. 24: Security forces apprehended six militants, including three NDFB, two Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Asom and one Adivasi National Liberation Army rebel, from Kokrajhar and Udalguri districts in the past 24 hours.

Police and 15 Dogra regiment of the army today apprehended four persons, including two NDFB and Multa militants, along with arms from two different locations in Kokrajhar district.

Three persons, including two NDFB cadres and a Multa cadre, were arrested from Patgaon I Love You Bazaar in Kokrajhar early this morning.

The NDFB cadres were identified as Kanti Mushahary and Joyal Sing Basumatary from Tamulpur in Baksa district.

The Multa militant is identified as Jakir Ali from Rangia.One 9mm revolver, a 9mm pistol and four rounds of bullets were recovered from their possession.

In a separate incident, a Multa militant, identified as Jiarul Haque, was arrested from Nayekgaon village under Kokrajhar police station.

The police and army jointly carried out an operation at Nayekgaon village and apprehended Jiarul Haque this morning.

One handmade 9mm pistol, three live bullets and a grenade were recovered from his possession.

The arrested Multa militants confessed to his involvement, saying he joined the organisation four months ago.

He said he was given the arms by a person, identified as Master, to co-ordinate with organisations in rural areas in the district.

He said Master has an arms garage at Shiv mandir near Rongamati bordering Kokrajhar and Dhubri district.

In Udalguri, security forces apprehended Ajitu Khaka, self-styled finance secretary of ANLA and Debison Basumatary alias Hanghw, an NDFB operative, from two separate locations yesterday.

A source in the army said Khaka was arrested from the Bhutan border.

The ANLA militant claims to have been monitoring the finances for the outfit.

The militant revealed that most of their cadres move under cover along the Bhutan border and do not stay at one place for a long time.

In another operation, acting on a tip, troops of the 315 Field Regiment apprehended a member of the NDFB (Ranjan Daimary) from Ambagaon in Udalguri, identified as Debison Basumatary alias Hanghw, who is believed to have been involved in many cases of extortion.

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