| The arrested cadres in Guwahati on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 4: Police have arrested four newly recruited cadres, including three women, of the NDFB’s I.K. Songbijit faction from the city yesterday when they were on their way to Myanmar for arms training.
The operations unit of city police arrested the NDFB cadres from the inter-state bus terminus at Betkuchi last evening when they were waiting to board a bus to Dimapur en route to Myanmar.
The police claimed that the Songbijit-led faction the NDFB is on an overdrive to recruit cadres, who are being sent to Myanmar for arms training.
The arrested have been identified as Uttam Borgoyari, 23, Minu Basumatary, 27, Anima Brahma, 20, and Bharati Basumatary, 19. All of them are from Chirang district.
According to the police, the Songbijit faction is imparting arms training to its cadres in Myanmar with the help of Ulfa’s Paresh Barua faction.
The accused, produced in court this afternoon in a case registered against them at Gorchuk police station, were remanded in police custody for two days.
“After parting ways with the faction led by Ranjan Daimary in November last year, the Songbijit faction is recruiting new cadres to swell its ranks,” the source said.
“Ranjan Daimary is currently holding talks with the Centre’s peace interlocutor P.C. Haldar to prepare the groundwork for starting formal peace talks with the government but Songbijit is opposed to it,” the source added.
According to the police, Songbijit had come under the influence of Ulfa’s Paresh Barua, who is also averse to peace talks.
Last month, Bongaigaon police, with the help of their Chirang counterparts, claimed to have busted a plot of the Songbijit faction to carry out abduction for ransom in order to raise money for procurement of arms and ammunition.
The source claimed that the cadres of Songbijit faction were also involved in the recent killing of tea planter Adilur Rahman in Sonitpur district in November last year.