|Security personnel inspect a grenade near BPF office at JD Road in Kokrajhar on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Kokrajhar, Aug. 16: A hardcore NDFB (Songbijit) militant was killed by security forces during an encounter in the Guabari Nepali Basti area of Jharbari in Kokrajhar district around 9 this morning.
A grenade, a pistol, ammunition and a diary were recovered from the slain rebel, identified as 28-year-old Paniram Basumatary alias Lao.
Police said they were tipped off about the presence of some NDFB cadres in the area and a joint operation was carried out with the help of the army.
There were three rebels in the area when the operation began ó one was killed on the spot but two others managed to escape, the police said.
The incident came just a day after suspected NDFB (Songbijit) cadres triggered two grenade blasts in the heart of Kokrajhar town while people were celebrating Independence Day.
The first explosion took place around 9.30am near Bajwi Hotel on JD road and the second blast was triggered near the minibus stand where one person, forest department employee Bipul Brahma, was hurt.
Another grenade was recovered from the vicinity the BPF office on JD road.
Witnesses said the offenders lobbed the grenades from a dark blue Maruti van.
ďI was coming back home after collecting the newspaper from the vendor when I noticed a blue Maruti van speeding towards me. Before I could sense anything there was a loud sound,Ē Brahma said.
Questions were raised on how militants could roam freely in a car in the heart of the town despite such heavy security and so many checkpoints.
Yesterday, there were other terrorist attempts across the district. In Chirang, a grenade was found near an oil depot adjacent to St Augustine Hospital around 7.20pm.
Sources said two persons came in a bicycle and lobbed the grenade but it did not explode.
Earlier, a grenade each was recovered from Bagargaon Chowk and Kargil Chowk under Bijni police station. Four youths were caught by locals and beaten up on the suspicion that they threw the grenade at Kargil Chowk.
The police suspect that NDFB (Songbijit) members are behind all the attacks. But the outfitís spokesperson, B.R. Perrengga, issued a statement to the press today, denying any involvement and said the attacks were an attempt to defame the NDFB.