Silchar, Sept. 26: Militancy has returned to Hailakandi districtís Katlicherra block in south Assam, bordering Mizoram, after a gap of four-and-a-half years with a spurt in abductions.
Police sources said at least five incidents of kidnapping had taken place recently and a social activist was slain in south Hailakandi, inhabited by Bengali-speaking Hindu and Muslim inhabitants and Reang tribals. A trader, Alta Hossain Barbhuyan, 40, was slain at Charaibak hamlet in Katlicherra block on Monday, allegedly by Reang militants.
Hailakandi superintendent of police Brajendrajit Singh said over phone from the district headquarters town of Hailakandi last night that some new outfits like the Bru National Liberation Front and Bru Liberation Army are masterminding the new spree of attacks on the plains people in the south Hailakandi areas.
He said the police would raid the areas where there has been a spurt in militancy with the help of Assam police and the CRPF to check the militant attacks. However, a blueprint of the raids and a strategy are yet to be evolved. Singh said the dearth of well-trained police forces in the district was a major hurdle in foiling the militancy. A column of army posted in Hailakandi district for counter-insurgency was recently withdrawn, leading to security gap, he added.
According to intelligence agencies, frequent feuds between Bengali infiltrators and Reang tribals have led to renewed bout of militancy in this remote enclave of Katlicherra, an Assembly constituency from where Congress strongman and minister Goutam Roy has been getting elected for the last six Assembly elections.
These Reang militant groups mostly target people they consider infiltrators. These are mostly people who eke out their living through agricultural activities.
These gangs have surfaced after the surrender of the first militants group, the United Liberation Front of Barak Valley, led by Pauchau Ram Reang in September 2008, and the disbanding of yet another outfir led by Ataur Rahaman who was killed by Mizoram police in an encounter in 2010.